Bundaberg is being urged to dig deep today when Mater launches its inaugural 24-hour Giving Day to help deliver life-saving research, education and healthcare to the Wide Bay community.
Every dollar donated by the general public today will be tripled, thanks to the generosity of a suite of Mater Foundation donors who have pledged to treble the community’s fundraising efforts.
Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg Executive Officer Catherine Hackney said funds raised would be invested in improving healthcare services and equipment in the local community.
“Mater Foundation has been incredibly generous to our hospital in Bundaberg over the years, contributing equipment such as an ear, nose and throat microscope which is particularly important for paediatric work,” Ms Hackney said.
“Mater Bundaberg and ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr John Elphinstone have partnered with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service to provide ENT services to public patients in the District who would otherwise have to travel to Brisbane for healthcare.
“Each year, we provide ENT services to more than 200 local families, in addition to our private patients. This includes insertion of grommets for children which helps prevent hearing impairments as well as speech and learning difficulties.
“Giving Day is about coming together as a community to ensure Mater can continue to make good things happen for people in Bundaberg.”
Mater Foundation Executive Director Andrew Thomas said Mater had gained a reputation over the past century in Queensland for providing exceptional care to those who need it most.
“Our incredible achievements are only possible because of the dedication and commitment of the people who work at Mater and give their all to help the community every day,” Andrew said.
“Now, Mater Foundation is setting aside today for the whole community to give back to Mater so we can continue providing exception care.”
People can donate online at www.mater.org.au/givingday and follow Mater Giving Day’s fundraising achievements @matergivingday on Facebook and Instagram.