Volunteers needed during critical weekend

Barwon Health Foundation's Maddie Laidlaw, left, Danni Flowers, Sarah Gray and Sherryn Bennett will raise money for University Hospital Geelong this weekend. (Louisa Jones) 414321_05

By Jena Carr

The Barwon Health Foundation calls for more volunteers to rattle tins, host barbecues and raise money through the annual Critical Care Appeal Weekend.

The foundation and community will host fundraising opportunities from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23, to purchase medical equipment for Barwon Health’s critical care departments.

Critical Care Appeal Weekend volunteer coordinator Danni Flowers said the foundation worked closely with Barwon Health on what the money raised would go towards.

“We see so many patients from all over the region, not just in Geelong, and the critical departments within the hospital are just so busy,” she said.

“Any type of volunteering is an opportunity for people to be able to give back and support something that they might have a connection to.

“The importance of having the equipment that they need to be able to care for patients is just integral. So, for us to be able to assist in fundraising for those items is massive.”

Barwon Health Foundation acting executive director Francis Trainor said the medical equipment would allow the University Hospital Geelong to continue providing care and saving lives.

“We have to make sure that our local health service is equipped with the very best for these emergency situations,” he said.

“There’s not a person in our region who won’t be touched by the work of Barwon Health in some way throughout their lifetime.

“By donating an hour or two of your time you’re helping us be there for you when you need it most… One hour of tin shaking alone can generate nearly $700, which is incredible.”

Visit barwonhealthfoundation.org.au for more information on volunteering during the Critical Care Appeal Weekend or donating to the foundation.