Extraordinary Power of Giving Funds Redcliffe Hospital Renovation

14 Sep 2023

The first sod has been turned in the final stages of a Redcliffe Hospital Rehabilitation Unit renovation, thanks to the extraordinary power of giving by the Moreton community to Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day. 

Giving Day is the main fundraising activity for Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital, a partnership between the RBWH Foundation and Redcliffe Hospital. All funds raised support innovative patient care projects, life-changing health research and other hospital initiatives that enable the hospital to go above and beyond Government funding. 

RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske said the $200,000 renovation of the Unit’s lounge area and two courtyards owed everything to the generosity of the Moreton Bay community and its business leaders. 

“The Moreton region can be extremely proud for embracing revitalisation projects, such as the Rehabilitation Unit renovation, which have the potential to impact hundreds of local residents each year,” said Ms Garske. 

“The Unit often becomes a second home to long-stay patients, as well as visitors, who can now enjoy a comfortable, welcoming environment, suitable for all age groups.”  

Joining the sod-turning celebrations were founding Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day Impact Partners; Lewis Leisure (The Komo and The Belvedere), Ballycara and GKS Law, whose generosity over the past two years had enabled Giving Day donations to be doubled, for double the impact. 

Lewis Leisure used the occasion to kickstart this year’s Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day, Thursday 12 October, presenting a $50,000 cheque for matched giving. Since 2021, the hospitality group has donated a combined $150,000 and provided toys and gifts valued at more than $20,000 for sick children treated at Redcliffe Hospital during Christmas. 

RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske applauded the leadership of Lewis Leisure and urged other corporate organisations and philanthropic individuals to become Impact Partners. 

“Through their vision and generosity, our local leaders encourage others to give,” said Ms Garske. 

“Their inspirational philanthropy improves the lives of patients, now and into the future.” 

For more information about becoming an Impact Partner, email Fundraising Manager Sharyn Tidswell at redcliffe@rbwhfoundation.com.au For more information on how to donate or fundraise for Giving Day, head to www.redcliffegivingday.com.au or call 1300 363 786. 

“In a community as tight knit as the Moreton Bay Region, almost everyone has a connection to Redcliffe Hospital,” said Ms Garske. 

“When we talk about making a difference, we’re making that difference for your family, your friends, your staff and your neighbours.” 

To keep up to date with the latest events, follow the Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital Facebook page.