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Countdown donation for ‘thrilled’ children’s ward

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Countdown’s Kids Hospital Appeal has raised a staggering $34,000 for the children’s ward at Palmerston North Hospital.

​This is the second time the ward has received this generous donation from the supermarket chain, with a cheque for $37,000 being handed over in 2013. The annual appeal fundraises for a number of children’s wards around the country, with $1.1 million being donated nationally.

The funds were handed over during a cheque presentation at Countdown Rangitikei Street, attended by store managers from around the district.

MDHB’s child health service manager Robyn Williamson, and Charge Nurse Tracy  Stone were  on hand to receive the cheque and thank Countdown for their generosity.

Robyn said: “To get such a generous donation is a real boost for the children’s ward. When we received the last donation was incredible. Now to have another donation, for $34,000 – that’s just amazing. The ward staff are thrilled with the donation, as it helps us get those little things that aren’t strictly necessary, but help improve the experience of our young patients.

“Some of the funds will go toward buying new playground equipment for the ward’s outside area, which is a great place for the kids to safely get outside while receiving treatment. We’ve got a few other ideas of where the rest could go to, but haven’t finalised those yet.”

Rohit Pathak, Countdown’s group manager for the Palmerston North area spoke at the cheque ceremony. 

He said: “This is always one of the most rewarding things we do each year. Helping to make a difference for unwell children is a goal of not only Countdown as a whole, but all of our staff who get in behind the appeal.

“This year, in addition to the main appeal fundraising, the local stores also held their own fundraising, including bake sales, trivia nights, and a casino night.

“This appeal is our way of giving back to the communities that we live and work in. If we can make a difference for even one child, that is reward enough, but the reality is even better. Over the time the appeal has been run, we’ve helped purchase hundreds of pieces of medical equipment for hospital’s around the country.”

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