Spend five magical days hiking the Great Wall of China, taking in panoramic mountain views and experiencing one of the wonders of the world.
Enjoy sightseeing, shopping and eating in Beijing, one of the world’s most exciting cities.
See Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, learn Tai Chi, bike through ancient hutongs, taste Peking duck – and share it all with a bunch of new friends.
Help The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation influence the future of children’s health, making a real, positive difference to the lives of thousands of children and their families through our hospital.
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It’s happening in October 2013.
On 23 April, Alisa and Oliver Camplin-Warner presented a gift to the doctors that supported their son Finnan.
The 2013 Finnan’s Gift Grant of $20,000 was presented to the RCH Perfusion team, who operate sophisticated life-support machines that take on the work of the heart and lungs whilst surgeons operate on our most fragile children.
“Finnan spent most of his short life under the care of the Perfusion Department. Everyone needs to know how important these amazing scientists are to cardiac patients and their families.
“The RCH Perfusion Department are leading edge, so we know that Finnan received the greatest possible medical care in the world. We just want to help them get better and better,” Alisa said.
A new appointment at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), will further cement our hospital as a world leader in children’s facial surgery.
Professor Tony Penington was announced as the ‘The Jigsaw Foundation Chair of Paediatric Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery’ on 17 April.
AAP reports: With her nails painted and dressed in her school uniform Trishna is just like any other six-year-old.
Six years ago things were very different: Trishna needed a miracle and it was surgeons at the RCH, including the maxillofacial team, who made it happen.
The Melbourne Research Unit for Facial Disorders and the RCH department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery is already a clinical leader both in Australia and internationally.
The department received international acclaim for its contribution to the successful separation of formerly conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna in 2009.
Prof Penington said his research will initially focus on life-long birth-marks that cause deformity of the face, pain and other problems.
The esteemed Professorial Chair position is made possible thanks to the advocacy and contribution of the Jigsaw Foundation, and generous funding from the RCH Foundation, and the Federal and State governments, totalling $15 million.
The Jigsaw and The Royal Children’s Hospital foundations, and the State and Federal governments are investing in the idea that medical research has the capacity to transform the lives of children who suffer from deformity and disease,” Professor Penington said.
“The children who come under our care deserve not only the best care we can give them today, but the hope for a better future that only medical research can provide.”
Photo: Prof Tony Penington, Trishna and Atom Rahman at the RCH.
The new 2013/2014 Entertainment Books are better than ever with valuable offers from popular restaurants, attractions, accommodation and more!
Purchase your entertainment book for only $65 from Trailblazers Auxiliary and you’ll not only receive $15,000 worth of valuable offers valid until 1 June 2014, but you’ll also support the RCH Foundation.
The Entertainment Books are available now from the RCH Gift Shop (opposite the Pharmacy in Main St of the RCH now :) or they can be ordered online. Make sure you don’t miss out!
Generosity is something that 103-year-old Concetta Isgro will be warmly remembered for by family and friends alike.
A long-time supporter of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Concetta had not only raised her own family, but had donated to the RCH throughout her life in order to care for children from other families as well.
“My Mum believed that the little children needed to grow up healthy,” Grace, her daughter, said. “Every year she supported the Good Friday Appeal and believed that every little bit counts. Even when I was growing up, many years ago, she would always find spare money to donate to the hospital. She never forgot the families in hospital.”
With a century of a life well-lived behind her, Concetta had experienced changing times and many challenges, including her grandson Robert, and two great-grandson’s – Christopher who was affected by a heart condition, and Adam who suffered a brain tumour.
All three boys were treated at the Royal Children’s Hospital and it was because of this personal experience that Concetta always encouraged the whole family to support the RCH. Concetta was also greatly inspired by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, and felt that she too could make a difference.
And make a difference she did. When celebrating her 100th birthday Concetta and her family raised an incredible $12,000 in celebration of this milestone. Upon her passing, Concetta’s family once again honoured her memory by asking their friends and family to donate gifts in memory.
“We want to encourage everybody to help the children’s hospital,” Grace said on behalf of Concetta’s family and friends.” It’s important; the little ones have to grow up healthy. We are all proud of my Mum’s donations, and because of her we continue to donate and encourage others to donate too.”
Anyone can make a gift in memory for a loved one as a meaningful tribute like Grace’s family and friends have done for Concetta. Your thoughtful donation to the RCH Foundation will help make a world of difference to sick children treated in hospital.
To find out more about gifts in memory, click here.
At 16 months old, Vermont toddler Connor Anastasopoulos is lucky to be alive after a battle with meningitis. Born five weeks premature in October 2011, he contracted the virus when he was only a few daus old. It quickly attacked his major organs and at only nine days old, he suffered a heart attack.
His parents, Steven and Kathy, alongside the RCH staff, decided to place Connor on life support. After a gruelling 24 days, little Connor pulled through and spend the next four months in the RCH’s care.
“The children’s hospital is an amazing place,” Kathy said. “I never gave up on my child and they never gave up either.”
Whilst Connor remains on medication and has a blood clot in his neck, he is otherwise a happy and healthy toddler. “You wouldn’t believe it’s the same child,” Kathy said.
The family are grateful that Connor’s recovery is thanks to the doctors and nurses at The Royal Children’s Hospital and they want to help more sick children by fundraising.
Already they have raised $10,000 and their next fundraiser will be a barbeque held on March 23 sat Brentford Square Shopping Centre, Forest Hill to raise funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
When Zara and Coby Hoppe found out their cousin Aylee, age four, was recently diagnosed with leukaemia, they wanted to do something to help her and other sick children cared for by The Royal Children’s Hospital.
With a little help from their parents, the siblings aged four and five came up with some great ideas to sell biscuits, chocolate brownies, bookmarks, and home-made lemonade.
“We are really proud of the kids and what they achieved. They worked really hard preparing everything and showed real pride in doing something to help the hospital that is treating their cousin” said Zara and Coby’s Dad, Joshua.
Their idea to host a home-made lemonade stand in front of their Caulfield North home was particularly popular, with neighbours, family and friends helping Zara and Coby raise more than $500.
“The Royal Children’s Hospital works hard to ensure better outcomes for Victoria’s sick children, but we can’t do it without the support of people like the Hoppe Family,” said Sue Hunt, Executive Director, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Zara and Coby’s outstanding fundraising efforts will help support patient care, research and education at The Royal Children’s Hospital. To help sick children like Aylee, donate to The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation here.