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April 2022 – In Good Health Newsletter

April 2022 Edition


Wow, 2022 has definitely kicked off with a BANG! It’s been an exciting and busy first quarter to say the least, and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’ve been in my element meeting and connecting with so many wonderful people – healthcare staff at the hospital, donors and business owners throughout Wyndham – to discuss innovative ways we can align to improve the patient care experience at our public healthcare services. 

I’ve also had an absolute blast meeting our supporters at the various events we’ve been fortunate to host in the past couple of months. Seeing so many happy faces at our book sale, barefoot lawn bowls night and our Bunnings BBQ fundraiser has been really heart-warming and reminds me of exactly why we do what we do. 

Coming up in May we have our very first charity golf day! We are beyond excited about this event and have already received brilliant support and interest with 50 people already set to take to the green and tee-off. It’s definitely going to be a day to remember!  If you love a day on the links and fancy your chances at hitting a hole-in-one, then you absolutely need to register your attendance and be in the chance to win A BRAND-NEW CAR! Our Hole-in-One prize is attracting many excited punters and we can’t wait to see who walks away with a brand spanking new set of wheels! You can learn more details below in our upcoming events section. 

After all of this excitement a well-deserved break will be had at Easter. I’m really looking forward to spending this time with my family as we haven’t been able to get together for the last two years. I want to wish you all a safe Easter period and for those lucky enough to head off on holiday over the school holidays – ENJOY! 

Best wishes, 

Leanne Down
CEO, Werribee Hospital Foundation


Accuvein Vein Finder is making a world of difference to Paediatric Ward patients

Receiving reports from healthcare staff that the Accuvein we funded with your help is a game changer for babies and children needing cannula insertion is exactly why we do what we do at the Foundation.

Learn more about the heart warming feedback and why this important piece of equipment is helping our youngest patient.

Did someone call an ambulance?!

Emotions ran high on the day we recently delivered two Ride-on-Ambulances to the Paediatric Ward. Our 2021 ‘Gifts of Care’ Christmas Appeal was dedicated to improving the patient care experience, and these ambulances sat high on our wish-list.

Find out how these fun toys significantly reduce pre-operative anxiety for children by taking the fear factor down for young patients and their families.


Yet another bonza book sale!

Our February book sale was set under a scorching summer sun but that didn’t deter our book lovers! We proudly raised a whopping $1,443.05 and want to thank our volunteers and everyone that came down to the sale.

Read on to see if you can spot yourself in our book sale event photos!

Rollin’ good time was had at our Barefoot Lawn Bowls evening!

We had a fantastic night with an equally fantastic bunch of people at our recent Barefoot Lawn Bowls event. 

The evening raised $2,009.83 and we are very happy to announce that we will fully fund a much-needed blanket warmer for the Palliative Care Unit at the Werribee Mercy Hospital with every dollar raised. 

A huge thank you to all involved! Read on for more details and photos from the night!

Sizzling Success

Over the years the opinions surrounding whether onions belong on top or the bottom of a sausage has dominated a Bunnings BBQ conversation – what’s your preference?   Judging by the poll we did on our social media pages onion on top is the winner, with a huge 85% – rightfully so?    

Click on the link to see our hardworking volunteers in action and find out how much we raised.

Hindu New Year

Held on the 2nd April at Presidents Park, The Foundation met with so many wonderful residents and were able to share our achievements and the impact we’ve been able to achieve with the community’s support.  

On the day we raised $285 and we would like to thank our hosts for inviting us to participate as their charity of choice at this wonderful event. Pictured is our Board Director Dr. Amireh Fakhouri, helping out at our festival stall.

UPCOMING EVENTS – mark the dates in your calendar!

Don’t miss out on joining us at our very first charity Golf Day!

In just under a month, Friday 6th May will be our Inaugural Charity Golf Day.  Find out more about this amazing event and register your attendance fast because numbers are limited and spots are filling quickly. Sixty players are already set to take the green and tee-off for a great cause!

We promise this will be a fantastic day with lunch and post-game canapes provided.  Even if you’re not a golfer but still want to get involved there are many ways you can via sponsoring a hole or a player, or become an event sponsorDon’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to boost your brand! Contact us on 8714 6498, we would love to discuss further. 

Mother’s Day Raffle

One lucky mum will be over the moon when she receives the fabulous Mother’s Day prize we have for our raffle winner!

Stay tuned for ticket purchase details, but for now, we promise this raffle will not disappoint. We guarantee our prize-winner will be feeling very relaxed and pampered. More info to come!

Our next Bunnings BBQ

Saturday 21st May is locked in at Bunnings Hoppers Crossing for our next BBQ fundraiser! We’ll be there cooking the goods from 8am – 4pm so head down and buy a sausage or two.

Address: 221 – 231 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing


Meet Cat McCarthy

Cat McCarthy from McCarthy Plumbing Group is a familiar and friendly face within the Wyndham business community, and she is well-known for supporting others whenever she can.

Read more about what motivates Cat to support our Foundation and how important regular givers are to our operation.


Welcome to our new Platinum Corporate Sponsor, Powa Care Connections

We are very excited to introduce our new Platinum Corporate Sponsor that has come on board, Powa Care Connections. CEO Patience Pashy is dedicated to providing care and living assistance solutions for those in need due to illness, disability or rehabilitation. 

We look forward to aligning our goals with Powa Care Connection and creating a great working relationship.

Thank you to our Foundation Sponsors!

We are really looking forward to continuing making 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   

Supporting Our Partners

A venue that provides fun for young and old!

If you’re looking for a venue to host a function we can’t recommend Werribee Bowls Club enough!  We are grateful for their support at our Barefoot Lawns Bowls event and want to spread the word of this great local business.

With its spacious function area boasting its own bar access and room for 100 seated guests, this venue has become very popular and bookings are required well in advance. 

Smaller functions are looked after too with an undercover area featuring a built in BBQ, situated right next to the greens, seating up to 20 people comfortably.

So don’t delay! Tick off several boxes with on-site entertainment taken care of with Barefoot Lawn Bowls on offer, a dedicated caterer and drinks at very competitive bar prices.

Do you or anyone you know want to join All Green Nursery? 

All Green Nursery have been a great supporter of the Foundation, from holding workshops and donating the participation fee all the way through to donating plants for our raffle prizes and gifts for our volunteers. 

If you’re seeking a new job opportunity, All Green Nursery have a variety of positions available across all departments!

  • Dispatch Team Member
  • Customer Service
  • Driver
  • Nursery Team Member
  • Administration
  • Yard Team Member

If any of the above roles interest you, send your expressions of interests and resumes to to apply.

If you would like to find out more about placing an ad with us please contact the Foundation on


Wyndham Volunteer Expo

Wyndham City Council are hosting a  volunteer expo on Saturday the 14th May at Encore Events Centre from 10am-2pm.  Entry is free.

We will be there, come by and say hello!

Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to the community. It’s a great way to make a tangible difference and get involved in meaningful work. Volunteers often say they gain just as much, or even more, than they contribute!

Come learn more at the expo and find out how you can make a positive difference.
More info:

Welcome to our new volunteers!

A big warm welcome to our new volunteers Joy Solomano and Robyn Close.  

Every volunteer is invaluable to our Foundation. So much work goes on behind the scenes to carry out our events, and many hands make light work. We can’t thank you all enough for generously donating your time and skills.  If you want to learn about ways you can volunteer with us please email or call 8714 6498. 

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

With a successful Term 1 of on-site learning done and dusted, is your school in need of a fun way to raise money for charity? Choosing us to be your charity of choice will ensure 100% of the funds your school raises will go towards supporting the public hospital services in the community that your family live in. From a free dress day to a fun sock day the ideas are endless!


Meet Daniel McDonald, Chair of Werribee Hospital Foundation Board

This edition we are turning the spotlight on Daniel McDonald, Chair of our Board. We sat down to find out what motivates him to serve his community, and what he hopes the Foundation will achieve with his support.

There are plenty of proud achievements to date and you can read more by heading to our website via the below link.


Two years ago on 23rd March 2020…

You all know Lee, our lovable CEO with the knack of making everyone feel welcome and valued.

She recently celebrated her 2 year anniversary as CEO of the Werribee Hospital Foundation, and she shared with us the huge challenge of starting her new role on the day Melbourne went into it’s first lockdown. Read more below.

Leanne Down