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At a time of joy and stress, coming into Hospital over the Christmas period is sometimes the last thing that families need.  It is often the little things that brighten people’s days, so for Christmas this year The Friends of WCH Inc, will be supporting an initiative of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) Consumer Feedback and Improvement Group.

The initiative referred to as HUG (Helping You Give) will spread the happiness to families in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) by surprising some families with one of three types of vouchers (for a coffee, to spend in one of the shops or for a meal).

Leveraging from a media story earlier in August 2016 where a hospital consumer left a random $10 note at the WCH car park for another consumer, to brighten their day.   The Friends have supported the development of a “giving back” voucher system over the Christmas and New Year period.

The H.U.G vouchers will be distributed to long-stay and intensive care wards of the WCH and be provided to families in hardship or emotional need from the 21st November 2016 – 31st March 2017. The H.U.G initiative will be trailed for this upcoming Christmas and New Year period then reviewed to assess the long term viability.

A total of 436 vouchers will be distributed to the wards, and will also be given out by the WCH Fairy Face Painter when she paints the children’s faces.

The Friends would like to recognise the support of the WCHN consumers, Tanya, Lil, Judith, Vikki and Sarah who have been the driving force behind this initiative.

The HUG initiative was launched at Aussie Loans Torrensville, which generously kick-started the initiative with a $1000 donation, as well as a number of other community sponsors that included

  • Judith Jordan Family and Collaborative Lawyer
  • Lanser Communities
  • Comley Legal
  • Zink Unley
  • Cornerstone Conveyancing
  • Ouwens Casserly
  • Michael Jeffery
  • Anne Kirtland

The Friends would like to acknowledge and express thanks to all the generous sponsors for making this possible.

Thank you to all involved for making this a reality.

As quoted by the WCHN CEO Adjunct Associate Professor Naomi Dwyer “An act of kindness, no matter how small, makes a positive difference”.

To view the speeches at the HUG launch visit our Facebook page.