The Christmas spirit is again alive and well, thanks to a 12-week Kids' Hospital Appeal run by Countdown.
A $104,309 cheque has been donated to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board by Countdown’s Napier supermarket. Funds were raised through quiz nights, fun runs and cake stalls, and will be used to buy necessary medical items included in a wish-list, such as two new $30,000 cardiotocography machines to monitor foetal heartbeats, a $24,600 Ear and Hearing Aid Analyser, a $13,000 cardiac monitor for the Special Care Baby Unit and sensory modulation equipment.
HBDHB was just one of 13 New Zealand hospitals involved in this year's appeal, which ran from August to October raising over $1.1 million for children's hospital wards.
"Life is tough for thousand of Kiwi kids and their families living with illness and injury," said Ruth Krippner, Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal spokesperson. "This appeal is part of our commitment to New Zealand communities and their future generations. We're thrilled to have raised more than $9.3 million for the cause since 2007, with the help of generous Countdown customers, team and suppliers."