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John Hunter Children’s Hospital receives funding boost

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Children’s hospitals across Australia, including John Hunter, have been given a funding boost to deliver innovative and essential programs for sick kids.

Thanks to the Coles Curing Homesickness appeal, shoppers and team members rallied to raise more than $1 million for nine medical facilities, foundations and paediatric services in just two weeks.

The funds will help implement important paediatric projects such as John Hunter Children’s Hospital’s at-home sleep assessment trial for kids with sleeping disorders in NSW and Canberra Hospital Foundation’s play therapy in palliative care initiative.

Local youngsters, including Telarah’s Koby Adams, will benefit from the financial assistance.

The 10-year-old was born with a rare and complex condition known as Zellweger Spectrum Disorder, which affects his breathing during sleep and requires Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy to support his airway at night.

As a result, Koby has spent much of his young life attending hospital appointments and undergoing numerous tests and procedures.

Curing Homesickness general manager Nicky Bowie said the organistion was overwhelmed by the backing of Coles and its customers.

“We and our hospital partners are incredibly grateful and thankful for the support shown over the past fortnight,” she stated.

“The funds will make a real difference to the lives of sick children and their families across Australia.

“We can’t thank everyone enough.

“We know that every cent raised will have a significant impact in communities right across Australia, be it to help buy virtual reality goggles in Caboolture or equipment and technology for children living with chronic health conditions in WA.”

Coles group general manager corporate and Indigenous affairs Sally Fielke said Coles was extremely proud of its customers and team members who embraced this year’s Curing Homesickness appeal.

“It’s success is just one example of how people are continuing to take community fundraising and engagement to the next level,” she explained.

“We’re particularly proud of how our team members have fully embraced the cause by visiting hospitals, donating toys, baking their own cakes for cake stalls and initiating conversations with customers on the important work of Curing Homesickness and their hospital partners.

“However, our support doesn’t stop here.

“We’ll continue to donate 50c from the sale of every Mum’s Sause pasta and pizza sauce to them.”

Coles stores across NSW led the charge with more than $490,000 raised for Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and John Hunter Children’s Hospital, with strong support also in Victoria ($211,000) for Monash Children’s Hospital.

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