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Summer 2021 – In Good Health Newsletter

Summer Edition

It’s time to wrap up the year and start planning for Christmas. And what a year 2021 has been! It’s so great to be out of lockdown and able to connect with people in person again. Despite the many challenges the year has brought, our community has shone bright by working with us to ensure Wyndham’s hospital services and resources are of a high standard. Our achievements are only possible with your support and we thank you for your ongoing help.

2022 will hopefully give us the opportunity to host various community fundraising events, which will allow us to network and enjoy each other’s company face-to-face. We are excited to announce these upcoming events in detail in the new year, keep a look out on our social pages and future newsletters for more info.

The team at Werribee Hospital Foundation would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year!

Best wishes for a safe and joyous festive season!

2021 Christmas Appeal: Giving the Gift of Care

This year, we’re asking for your help to make Christmas in hospital brighter for patients with some carefully chosen gifts, made possible by the kindness and generosity of local people. We’ve made a Christmas wish list, with a few of the things we know will make a difference to patient care for our community.

Christmas isn’t always a time of joy. It’s a time when a lot of people do it tough. We want to make the patient experience for anyone undergoing a hospital stay during the holiday period more comfortable. Items on our wishlist are at various price points so you can choose something that fits your budget, or you can make a donation amount of your choice to be allocated where it is needed most. 

100% of donations are dispersed to our local public health service, all gifts are tax-deductible, and you can be guaranteed that every single dollar will make a difference in the lives of local people having a lot less fun than the rest of us this festive season. 

Please help us make Christmas a brighter time for patients with a Gift of Care

Christmas Appeal 2021 – Werribee Hospital Foundation (

Toy Drive for children waking up in hospital on Christmas morning

We are running a toy drive to collect as many presents as possible to hand out to the children on the wards this Christmas morning. We want to bring a smile to their faces and help them forget about why they are there, if only just for a few moments.

There are only 4 more days to donate so please don’t miss out!

  • Presents are to be in new condition and unwrapped
  • Gifts to suit newborn to 18 year old, both boys & girls (we are unable to know who will be on the wards at the time)
  • Drop off at our Werribee office by the 4th December at Suite 22, 7 Bridge Street, Werribee. We are open from Tuesday – Thursday between 9.30am – 2pm
  • Call 03 8714 6498 to find out more or
  • Make a one off donation to help fund equipment for the Paediatrics ward below 

Donate to the Paediatrics Ward here

Over $5K raised during our 5KOK Challenge 


We had a fantastic participation rate for our 5KOK Challenge to raise money to support mental health services in our community. Thank you to everyone who got behind this important cause.

$5,825 was raised, and we would like to thank the City of Wyndham for their $2000 community grant. Click here for photos of our 5KOK participants

Hospital staff enjoying a cuppa on us!

Our superstar healthcare workers loved their well earned coffee that was donated during our Cup of Care campaign.

Thank you to everyone who shouted a cuppa to our frontline staff, and a special thanks to the cafe staff at Public Domain for partnering with us to share the gratitude.Happy snaps of our healthcare staff enjoying their coffee

Bargains scored at our Book Sale 

Thank you to everyone who supported our book sale by donating books, and for attending the event and purchasing a new page turner.

A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers (photo above), Cheryl Coghill, for hosting the event and storing the books in her garage during lockdown. And thank you to Kathleen French. who helped every step of the way, from sorting books to taking sales on the days.

The book sale raised $2061.60 and 100% of that money will help us purchase items on the Christmas Gift of Care appeal wish list.Photos of our book shoppers here

Happy winners of our Palliative Care raffle

Our Palliative Care raffle was a great success with us raising enough money to donate and help purchase a new palliative bed for our local public hospital. 

We received generous support from our local businesses donating fabulous prizes, and are thankful to them and everyone who entered our raffle.

Congratulations to our lucky prize winners! Click here to see our grinning winners

A newborn’s life saved with the help of our supporter’s donation

Point Cook resident Anu Aggarwal donated an EZ-IO Intraosseous Drill to show his gratitude to the Werribee Mercy Hospital after receiving exceptional care when he suffered thunderstorm asthma.

The drill was recently used during a life saving procedure on a newborn born early at just 28 weeks. Read more about Anu’s life changing impact

Gracie’s Sale 

Point Cook homewares and gift store, Gracie’s Boutique, offered 20% from online sales made on the 10th November as a donation to the Werribee Hospital Foundation.

Thank you to Kerrie, owner of Gracie’s Boutique, for her support.

Be sure to check out Gracie’s Boutique while doing your Christmas shopping at Point Cook Town Centre!

Knitted goods for precious babes

Are you a crafty superstar and handy with a knitting needle?

We are able to accept knitted, crochet and hand sewn blankets, toys and premie beanies on behalf of the hospital. 

If you like the idea of your lovingly made goods being used to snuggle a beautiful newborn, then we can make that happen for you!

To find out more information on drop off dates and location please contact

Donation tins are waiting for your loose change

We have several donations tins branded with the Werribee Hospital Foundation logo floating around our community. Please drop your spare change in if you spot one!

$5,927.35 has been collected in our tins this year. Proof that small change sure does add up!

Thank you to the venues that hosted our donation tins. If you have a business with bench space accessible to the public and would like to host a tin – we would love to hear from you at

You can currently find our tins in the following venues:

All Green Nursery
Altona RSL
Chatterbox Café
Cheeky Chewies Café
Lowes Pharmacy Werribee (Amcal)
Plaza Tavern
Racecourse Hotel Werribee
Social Sultra Cafe
The Brook Point Cook
The Tigers Clubhouse
Werribee Bowls Club
Werribee RSL
Wyndham Cache

No amount is too small to make a big difference

Win a huge $1,000 prize haul full of local goodies that range from accommodation, dining, retail and services!

We are excited to announce that anyone who donates $20 and over to our Christmas Appeal between 29 November – 19 December will automatically be entered into the draw! To make a donation and enter the Go Local, Win Local competition please click here: Donate and have a chance to WIN!

Werribee Business and Tourism Association have put together this fantastic competition, with 3 prizes up for grabs. This is a great initiative to support local and small businesses that have struggled over the last couple of difficult years. We are grateful to be included in the comp, and want to wish everybody good luck! And thank you, as always, for your incredible support.

To enter, spend a minimum of $20 or more (or donation) at any participating local business during the competition period and you are eligible to enter the draw. Each purchase/donation entitles you to one entry. Each valid entry will be included in the draw.

Please make sure you include the following information when making your donation so that we can enter you into the comp: Email Address, First Name, Last Name, Phone Number.

Visit for prize details and full terms and conditions.

Spotlight on our Superstar Volunteer: Nik Tsardakis

The Werribee Hospital Foundation is honoured to have born and bred Wyndham local Nik Tsardakis hold the title of Founding Director. A true community-minded citizen, he has served on our board continuously since its inception in 1993, spending 10 of those years as Chair.

Nik raised his five children in Wyndham, with his own childhood spent living on his family-owned market garden farm in Werribee South.

It’s fair to say Nik ‘knows the area’ and his deep-rooted connections and love for Wyndham is a true benefit to the Foundation. His passion to see an increase in funding for the public health system and hospitals drives his motivation to ensure the Foundation receives the support it needs to meet its mission.

Not only does Nik lend his expertise in our financial matters, but he is also quick to roll up his sleeves and work the tools on a fundraiser BBQ or sit on an interview panel for prospective staff. Any request for assistance is met with Nik’s genuine ‘happy to help’ nature and we love him for his kind spirit.

We are indebted to Nik for being so generous with his time and for always championing our cause.

Looking for something to do on the weekends and over the school holidays? 

Our wonderful friends at Wildlife Wonders will generously donate 10% of ticket sales bought through our newsletter.  

Take a walk on the wild side of the Great Ocean Road and immerse yourself in the wilds of the Otways at Wildlife Wonders, just 5kms outside of Apollo Bay. 

Enjoy a 75-minute guided walk through the magical Otways bushland, where you’ll discover lush tree fern gullies, eucalypt woodlands and spectacular ocean vistas. A conservationist guide will share with you the secrets of the bush and the plants and animals who call the Otways home, who knows you may even see a long-nosed potoroo!

By participating in our wonderful partnership with Wildlife Wonders, you’ll also be helping them as all of their profits from Wildlife Wonders go directly to the Conservation Ecology Centre, working to conserve the unique Australian plants and animals across the Otways.

What a wonderful partnership! Purchase your tickets

WHF Supporter Survey 

We loved reading your responses to our recent Supporter Survey. Your feedback is instrumental in helping us plan future events, and also to make sure we are delivering our information to you in the best way possible.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey, and congratulations to Mari, our lucky winner of the $50 Coles/Myer gift card participation prize.

Christmas closure

We will be taking a break over Christmas and our office will be closed from 2.00pm on the 23rd December. We will reopen on Monday 10th of January.

Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year to all! Thank you once again for your kind support.

A big Thank you to our current sponsors 

Do you want to align yourself with a charity that donates 100% of proceeds to your local health care services?

We are inviting organisations to partner with us in 2022 and we’d love to hear from you – please contact us on to learn more.

Leanne Down