This year’s 17th annual Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn has made a significant difference to children’s hospitals and health services across Australia including South East Regional Hospital, Bega. Funds Raised will purchase a Symphony Breast Pump with Stand, an Ambulatory Syringe Pump and an EZ-IO Drill & Educator Kit valued at $7,895
Many of the 346 hospitals the Humpty Dumpty Foundation currently support will receive much-needed medical equipment and the Symphony Breast Pump with Stand ($3,600) for the Children’s Ward, NIKI T34 Ambulatory Syringe Pump ($2,400) for the Maternity Ward and EZ-IO Drill & Educator Kit ($1,895) for the Intensive Care Unit were among 217 pieces donated by the charity’s generous supporters at this year’s Balmoral Burn over the weekend in late May.
Breast feeding is important for growing newborns. Breast milk contains the correct balance of nutrients to promote ideal growth and development, and an essential supply of antibodies to protect against infections. The Symphony Breast Pump is easy to use and is mobile.
The NIKI T34 Ambulatory Syringe Pump infusion system is used to deliver predetermined doses of pain relieving medication to a child. It is commonly used for post-operative pain management and for end-stage cancer patients. This system ensures the child will receive the best pain management possible, and as a mobile ‘take home’ device, they spend less time in hospital and more time at home with their family.
The EZ-IO Power Drill kit is an essential piece of equipment used to resuscitate critically ill children and babies when they have stopped breathing and when it is difficult to establish intravenous access. The system uses a drill to place the needle into the bone to provide IV access within 10 seconds so that life-saving medication can be administered. Resuscitation is time critical, so having this drill will have life-saving consequences. The kit also comes with a training model of the EZ-IO which gives staff the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the procedure.
The fundraising weekend commenced with the annual Friday night Sponsors’ Dinner and was followed up on Sunday with the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn fun-run. Created by Wallaby great Phil Kearns AM, this family-friendly event was attended by approximately 10,000 people from across Sydney.
With a 420 metre race category that suits every member of the family including the pet bird, cat or dog, the Balmoral Burn also includes a high intensity obstacle challenge, ‘Hill of Hurt’ and is held on the last Sunday of May each year.
This year’s event has raised over $2.5million, making the 2017 Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn fundraising efforts a record achievement. Over its 17 years, the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn has raised over $30 million to make a difference to Australian children’s hospitals and health services.
“The results from this year’s Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn once again demonstrate that community spirit is alive and well – now in our 17th year, the event has grown so much over the years and we intend to ensure it continues to get bigger and better each year.
Every person that takes part in our fundraising weekend – from our Friday night Sponsors’ Dinner guests to the participants that have come along today, has helped us make a difference to the medical outcomes of children in hospitals and health services across Australia. On behalf of these children, their families and the medical professionals that use this equipment, I say thank you – your generosity means so much and I hope to see you back on the hill in 2018,” said Founder and Executive Chairman of Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Paul Francis OAM.
About the Humpty Dumpty Foundation
Having now raised well over $60 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 27 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 AM, 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 has also provided funding for numerous special projects including a part-time Nurse Educator for training in emergency paediatrics, a part-time Bio Medical Engineer at the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, weekly visits by the “Clown Doctors” and the magical Happy Gardens in various hospitals (which encourage and promote healing).
To date, 346 hospitals across the nation have benefited from the life-saving medical equipment, 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 www.humpty.com.au or contact the Humpty Dumpty Foundation on 02 9419 2410.
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