Helping hand needed for sick kids this March

Today, 1 March, marks the official launch of The Children's Hospital at Westmead's annual Bandaged Bear Appeal.

With thousands of sick and injured children turning to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for a helping hand each year, the Bandaged Bear Appeal helps to ensure doctors, nurses and researchers have the tools they need to continue to providing world class care, improved treatments and groundbreaking research for brave patients and their families.

This year, the Appeal is relying on the community to also lend a helping hand for sick kids, by raising $750,000. These funds will allow the Hospital to continue purchasing the most advanced medical equipment, fund vital research and deliver services that are central to the wellbeing of patients and families, like five-year-old Bandaged Bear Appeal Ambassador, Jacinta.

Jacinta was born with a rare and extreme form of brittle bone disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta and has relied heavily on the Hospital for treatment since birth.

“Jacinta has been in and out of hospital her whole life. We've been really fortunate in the closeness of our medical teams though, they're always on hand whenever we need any advice or support. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of the Hospital,” Jacinta’s Mum, Lauren, said.

“We hope the community will support the Bandaged Bear Appeal this March because it's not just a building that they're donating towards, it's individuals lives and each donation has enormous impact on those lives.”

To support the Bandaged Bear Appeal, the community can:
• Make a donation
• Register to hold your own fundraising event (ideas online at www.bandagedbear.org.au)
• Purchase Bandaged Bear Appeal merchandise at Sydney train stations on Bandaged Bear Day (Friday, 3 March)

To show your support #forsickkids or to find out more, visit www.bandagedbear.org.au