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Humpty Dumpty and IGA donate jaundice detector to Moruya Hospital

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and IGA have made a significant difference to the lives of children in Moruya and surrounding areas by local IGA retailers presenting Moruya District

Hospital’s Nurse Unit Manager Claudia Stevenson with a Jaundice Detector valued at $4,780 for the Maternity Unit.

To acknowledge the contribution to Moruya District Hospital, IGA was presented with a Humpty Dumpty Foundation thank you plaque.

All babies are checked for jaundice (yellowing of the skin) on a daily basis. This Jaundice Detector is used to help clinicians determine the jaundice levels through the skin without harming the baby. If jaundice is left untreated there is a possibility of cerebral palsy, deafness and/or brain damage.

“This piece of equipment is one of 11 donations IGA retailers across New South Wales and ACT are making to provide much needed equipment to hospitals to the value of $150,000. IGA retailers and their teams have been involved with many schools, sporting and community organisations in the Moruya area over many years and we are proud to make this contribution to the local Moruya District Hospital. It is great to have access to this state-of-the-art equipment locally and we hope that it can assist many babies and their families if, and when they need it,” said IGA Dalmeny’s Owner Ian Stephens.

“IGA’s support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the local community in which they operate is immeasurable. Their support to families in Moruya and surrounding areas means children have access to medical equipment that is very much needed by the medical staff and, most of all, it is life-saving. I applaud this contribution to Moruya District Hospital as it demonstrates IGA’s commitment to the wider community,” said Paul Francis OAM, Humpty Dumpty Foundation Founder and Executive Chairman.

Above L-R: Metcash Food & Grocery Area Manager Don Targett, SUPA IGA Moruya’s Dave Dove, IGA Dalmeny’s Ian Stephens, Moruya District Hospital’s Nurse Unit Manager Claudia Stevenson and SUPA IGA Moruya’s Yvette Woods

About the Humpty Dumpty Foundation

Having now raised over $55 million and continuing to make a significant impact on the lives of sick and injured children at children’s hospitals and health service centres in every state of Australia, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation was established over 26 years ago by Founder and Executive Chairman, Paul Francis OAM.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has enjoyed long-time support from its Patron, television journalist Ray Martin AM, Olympian Jane Flemming OAM – Ambassador/Board Member and Wallaby great Phil Kearns, Ambassador and Founder of the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn.

Through annual fund-raising initiatives including the Good Egg lunch, Balmoral Burn and the Great Humpty Ball along with the support of generous individual and corporate donors, in 2016 the Humpty Dumpty Foundation delivered over 500 pieces of medical equipment to hospitals across Australia.

One of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation's breakthrough fundraising methods was the creation of Humpty’s Wish List in 2001. Each piece of essential medical equipment that appears on the regularly updated Wish List has been requested specifically by the hospital to meet an immediate need.

The medical equipment requested is stringently assessed by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s medical sub-committee made up of senior medical administrators and clinical specialists, before it is added to Humpty’s Wish List.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation also provides funding for numerous special projects including a part-time Nurse Educator for training in emergency paediatrics, a part-time Bio Mechanical Engineer and weekly visits by the “Clown Doctors” and the magical Happy Gardens (which encourage and promote healing).

To date, 297 hospitals across the nation have benefited from the life-saving medical equipment received specifically to care for children and babies provided by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and its amazing “Good Egg” supporters.

Locals, community and business organisations interested in supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and their local hospital by donating a piece of medical equipment or by making a donation can view the wish-list at or contact the Humpty Dumpty Foundation on 02 9419 2410.

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