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February 2022 – In Good Health Newsletter

February 2022 Edition

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2022!  

It’s fair to say that the start of 2022 hasn’t quite been what we were all expecting. However, we remain optimistic and our team is very excited to roll out all of the exciting things we have planned in 2022. We hope that lockdowns are a thing of the past and we can follow through with our events and fundraising campaigns, as well as connect in person with our wonderful Wyndham community. Our people are our most precious resource and nothing compares to chatting face to face, and working side by side as we achieve great things together.

Which leads me to my update about the exciting developments happening around connecting with local businesses to create meaningful partnerships in 2022.  I’ve been busy meeting many amazing business leaders that share the Foundation’s passion to ensure good health for all by supporting patient care in the public health system in the City of Wyndham. It’s been wonderful to speak with like-minded people and work out ways we can align and create a positive impact for Wyndham. It’s very clear in the media that health care can use all the support it can get, and we are committed to doing everything we can to make sure our community’s health is protected.

I would also like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support towards the Foundation – through donations, sponsorship, volunteering and gifts in kind – all that we do, we do with you and for you and together we are truly making a difference.   

We have a wonderful community and I am here for anyone that needs support. If anyone needs to reach out, or wants to find out how they can help the Foundation please contact Lee on 03 8714 6498 or hello@whf.org.au.

Stay safe and healthy, and take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Kind regards,

Leanne Down
CEO, Werribee Hospital Foundation


Welcome to our new Board members

The Foundation was thrilled with the response to our call-out for candidates to apply for the available positions to join our Board of Directors in October.  Before introducing our new members, we would like to bid a fond farewell and express our deepest thanks to our outgoing Directors, Nicole Whiting and Nicole Ali.  Their contributions and enthusiasm were instrumental to our success, and we will miss them and everything they brought to the both the Board and the Foundation.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Directors to the Foundation. They are a powerhouse selection of individuals that have relevant connections to our community. Their multicultural backgrounds are an accurate reflection of Wyndham, affording them a personal understanding and connection with our community, and their professions and personal strengths will lend expertise specific to the Foundation’s needs.  We are excited to share the benefits of our alliance with you all and would like to warmly welcome and introduce the following new Directors:

Renay Ahmed – Renay is a third-generation family member of LT’s Egg Farm and Wyndham Cache café located in Werribee South, and the Events & Catering Manager at Wyndham Cache. Renay’s personal connections to Wyndham run deep and she is passionate about engaging and networking with her community.  Renay has volunteered on many occasions for Werribee Hospital Foundation and is dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships with various community stakeholders. We are confident that Renay’s strong understanding of Wyndham places her in an excellent position to make significant and valid contributions to our Board.

Sahana Ramesh – Sahana is the current Councillor for Wyndham City Council, representing the Harrison Ward. In 2018 she founded the first company in India to manufacture Lithium-Ion batteries and provides consultancy on systems technology marketing and branding.  Sahana enjoys intellectual challenges and is a passionate advocate for the environment, sustainable living and diversity and inclusivity in the community.  Sahana’s role as Councillor gives her a privileged insight into the needs of our community, and a platform to champion their cause. We are fortunate to have Sahana’s professional expertise and links, as well as her dedication to advocating for Wyndham.

Dr Amireh Fakhouri – Dr Amireh is a GP at Palmers Medical Centre in Truganina, specialising in children’s and women’s health.  As a doctor and mother of young children, Amireh truly understands the importance of high-quality health care and is passionate about ensuring good health for all.  Her role as a GP gives her direct insight into the health needs of our community and we look forward to the meaningful contributions Amireh will make to the Foundation.

Deborah Dickinson – Deborah is a life coach and founder of Deborah Dickinson Coaching. She is also the current Chair of Werribee Business & Tourism Association, and President of Kulture Hive, an organisation that creates programs and activities in culturally diverse communities to foster cohesion and connection. Deborah is passionate about connecting with and understanding people. Making meaningful and important relationships to ensure the greater good of the community is central to Deborah’s success and her personal growth. We are fortunate to have a person that has dedicated themselves to the wellbeing of Wyndham and can effectively communicate and connect with a diverse range of backgrounds.


‘Gift of Care’  ~ Appeal Update

Our 2021 “Gift of Care” Appeal was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of people like you in our community.  The focus of the appeal was based on providing items to improve the patient care experience for those needing a hospital stay. Improvements to amenities and resources can make a world of difference and we wanted to support this often over-looked aspect in health care. 

With the generosity of your donations we were able to raise $7,000 and have used this to supply the Werribee Mercy Hospital with: 

12 Touch Control Lamps with USB charger  – Palliative Patient Care 

12 Portable Radios and Bluetooth speakers  – Palliative Patient Care 

2 Baby Scales with carry bag  – Maternity & Special Care Nursery Patient Care 

2 Ride-on ambulances with remote control and siren – Paediatric Patient Care 

2 Portable Oxygen Saturation Monitors – Emergency Department Patient Care 

Thank you to everyone who supported this important campaign.  As items are delivered we will share the stories so that you can see the hands-on impact your generosity really makes


Christmas Toy Drive bringing happiness on Christmas Day

It’s no secret that no one wants to be in hospital on Christmas day, especially children! 

In December the Foundation ran its second Toy Drive with great success. We were gifted so many wonderful items that our office looked like a toy store.  

Above are just some of the children that were on the hospital wards over the Christmas period that received gifts.    

Thank you to everyone who donated gifts to our Christmas Toy Drive. The children on the wards were excited to open their presents, and we are grateful for the opportunity to do anything we can to bring a smile to their faces.  


Mental Health, its not just a catch phrase

One of the reasons we enjoy what we do is because we are given the opportunity to meet the most incredible people from our community.  

Local mum and son Sarah and Jason (image above) teamed up to take on our 5KOK challenge in October, and ended up raising the most money out of all participants – an impressive $900!  The 5KOK was organised by Werribee Hospital Foundation to raise money for Wyndham’s mental health services and this was a cause close to Sarah’s heart. 

Sarah has battled with mental health issues since she was a young child and recently suffered through a particularly dark period which resulted in her making an attempt on her life. Sarah is thankfully in a better place right now, and to show her gratitude for the exceptional mental health care she received chose to support our 5KOK with her son.   

You can read Sarah and Jason’s touching story via this link: https://bit.ly/3o2zdF9  


UPCOMING EVENTS

BOOK SALE

One of our most popular activities is back – BOOK SALE!  

Our first book sale for 2022 is set this weekend for you to snap up a bargain and raise money for a Blanket Warmer for use in the Palliative Care Ward.

Every book genre imaginable is on offer so come see for yourself, say hi to our wonderful volunteers Cheryl & Kathleen and happy browsing! 

When: Sat 12th and Sun 13th February 

Time: 9am – 4pm 

Where: 27 Cambridge Crescent, Werribee 

$2 per book or 6 for $10. Please bring correct cash and BYO carry bags 

Please note – we have fully restocked our books and are at maximum capacity therefore we are unable to accept any book donations at this time. 


MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE

The Foundation loves a good raffle and this year is no different!

We were overwhelmed with the generosity of local businesses and partners who supplied prizes last year for our raffle to help raise funds for a new Palliative Care Bed, and this year has proven no different. This is one prize you don’t want to miss out on!

Keep your eyes peeled for ticket sales and prize details, with the fabulous prizes being drawn on the 4th May.   


BUNNINGS BBQ

We have locked in a date to BBQ snags and raise funds for our local health services!

Where: Bunnings Tarneit, 83 Leakes Road, Tarneit
When: Sunday 27th March
Time: 8.00am – 4pm

Please let us know if you can assist! Any help cooking or processing sales is much needed and appreciated, contact us on hello@whf.org.au.

GOLF DAY

It would be an understatement to say we are VERY excited to announce the Werribee Hospital Foundation’s inaugural GOLF DAY! 

Held at the exclusive members only Kooringal Golf Course in Altona, lock in Friday 6th May for a day of challenging golf, great food and excellent company.  

To add to our excitement and provide an edge to the competition our good friends at Werribee & Western Automotive Group are very generously supplying our fantastic ‘Hole-in-One Prize’ – a brand new car!!  We don’t want to reveal all of the surprises right now so we’ll announce the make and model in weeks to come.  

This is going to be a cracking day and we anticipate that due to limited spots tickets will book out quickly. Keep an eye on our social pages and your inbox to find out when ticket sales open.  

Pull a team together or come on your own and join a team. With great prizes to be won along the way, if you love your golf you won’t want to miss out on this day!

For our corporates there are Sponsorship Packages available which are an ideal way to fulfil your corporate social responsibility, provide client entertainment, and foster staff engagement. 

Network with your colleagues, blow off some steam, and support your local public health services at a time when health care needs our help the most! 

We can’t think of a better way to help raise funds for much-needed equipment to support patient care. See you at tee-off! 

We will announce when tickets are available for purchase in the coming weeks so keep a look out. To find out more about joining in or volunteering on the day, email hello@whf.org.au


LAWN BOWLS DAY

Nothing screams summer fun like a day playing Barefoot Lawn Bowls! A cold pint, good mates, and a friendly comp to raise funds for our local health services. Magic!

Where: Werribee Lawn Bowls Club, Chirnside Park, Watton Street entrance, Werribee
When: Friday 18th March
Time: Open from 6pm, bowling from 6.30pm

Click HERE to visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Lock in the date and spread the word! 


Do you know of a school that would like to give back to our local community?  

To help strengthen the bond with our local area, we encourage schools to support their community by choosing to fundraise for Werribee Hospital Foundation. 

There are many ways schools can be involved from free dress days to specific events such as walk-a-thons or art shows. 

If your school would like to be involved in making a difference to our local public health care services more information is available on our website at https://whf.org.au/schools/ or they can reach out to hello@whf.org,au.


ADVERTISING SPACE FOR SALE 

We have an exciting opportunity for local businesses to increase their audience reach.

Our bi-monthly ‘In Good Health’ newsletter will be creating space for you to advertise your business and reach a demographic of like-minded people. People who care about supporting the community of Wyndham and doing what we can to ensure good health for all.

If you would like to find out more about placing an ad with us please contact the Foundation on hello@whf.org.au.

THANK-YOU SPONSORS

We are really looking forward to continuing to make strong connections with the Wyndham business community this year, and we want to thank our current sponsors for their support.

It’s an honour to align with people who share our vision to create healthy and happier lives through high quality health care resources, and our sponsors are essential to our success. 

We would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship support: 

If you would like to find out more about how your business can support Werribee Hospital Foundation please email hello@whf.org.au


Thank you for your Thyme!
Volunteers morning tea

We had so much fun at our morning tea that was held in December to thank our amazing volunteers for their support in 2021. Wyndham Cache was our beautiful venue, and we all enjoyed the delicious spread. Our friends at All Green Nursery & Garden generously donated our volunteer gifts – a pot of thyme to thank everyone for selflessly giving us their time.  

We are incredibly grateful for our wonderful volunteers. They are vital to making our vision come to life, and we love connecting with community while working towards our common goal to support our local public health services.  


Volunteers We Need You!

Do you want 2022 to be a year that sees you making a positive impact on your community? These turbulent past couple of years have shown how important connecting with others truly is. We can gain so much personally by helping people and showing kindness and generosity, no matter how small the act may seem. 

Our team is looking for volunteers to help us support our local health care services. Wyndham is growing at a fast rate and needs all the help it can get to provide quality health care for our community. The Foundation has so many exciting events and fundraisers planned for 2022, and that means all hands on deck will be needed to make them a success! 

We have many roles to suit everyone’s schedule and skill set. For example: 

– Single day event help 
– Helping out in the office 
– Booksales & BBQ’s 
– Knitting goods for the maternity ward… and so much more 

There are many ways you can help, as a one-off or ongoing. We appreciate any time you can spare, and you can rest assured that you will have lots of fun working alongside our fabulous team! For more information please contact hello@whf.org.au. 


Our volunteers working hard at the Bunnings BBQ
Nurse using AccuVein vein finder on infant

This time last year …

It feels like only yesterday that we were slinging sausages and raising $3,200 at our Bunnings Hoppers Crossing BBQ fundraiser.

Alas, it was a full year ago and we are proud to say that we were able fund the entire purchase of the AccuVein vein finder for the Werribee Mercy Hospital Paediatrics ward.

We can’t tell you enough how valuable this resource is for our tiny patients. With their veins being so small, it is often very hard to gain access for blood tests and intravenous needles. Considering this is generally a time of distress, to be able to do anything to make this process less traumatic is invaluable. 

We want to thank our BBQ volunteers and everyone who supported the AccuVein campaign. Together we can make a real difference!  We will have news shortly on the significant impact that the Accuvein has made to our local hospital and we look forward to sharing that with you all.  


Leanne Down

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