The RCH is hosting one of 50 models of the famous elephant calf placed throughout Melbourne. The ‘Mali in the City’ event celebrates Melbourne Zoo’s 150th Anniversary.
Forty-six Melbourne artists were given the unique chance to paint or decorate their unusual canvas however they chose. Artists included David Bromley, Mirka Mora, Graeme Base and even Mali the elephant herself.
The RCH Mali was painted by artist David Higgins and is entitled Pond Dreaming. Mr Higgins says his design is about the love of water. “The elephant is standing in a fresh water pond; light is streaming through the water onto the elephant’s back and fish and other sea life accompany the elephant whilst being there.”
Despite being the elephant in the room who forgot to wear her swimming trunks, Mali’s paintwork blends in well with Main Street, which is of course ‘Beach’ level according to our wayfinding artwork themes.
Melburnians can view all elephants in the herd by following the Mali Trail throughout the city. Other locations to host Malis include Melbourne Central, Queen Victoria Market, Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower.
For more information about Melbourne Zoo’s Mali in the City event, click here. An iPhone app is also available.
Australian make-up and skincare brand, Bloom Cosmetics, proudly support Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia (CHFA) by regularly collaborating with Australia’s leading female creative talent to produce Bloom Designer Collection Nail Polish.
Each time you purchase a Designer Collection Nail Polish, Bloom donates $2 to CHFA. The donated funds support ongoing vital research, supply of essential services and lifesaving equipment to children’s hospitals across Australia.
Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia is the national fundraising partnership of five children’s hospitals, including The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, dedicated to excellence in children’s health.
Next time you’re after a little beauty-product-retail-therapy, choose one of Bloom’s gorgeous Designer Collection nail polishes.
In the year 2011/2012, the fruits of RCH Auxiliaries’ hard work have translated into some fantastic initiatives and projects that may otherwise not have been possible.
More than $795,000 of donated funds from our Auxiliaries was distributed across the RCH.
The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) utilises the power of pet therapy through a menagerie of approved therapy dogs. These animals are regular visitors to neuroscience, orthopaedic, cardiac and adolescent wards.
Brenda Kittelty coordinates the pet therapy program at the RCH. She says:
“Everyone, all over the hospital, responds really well to therapy dogs. Kids light up when they see them, but so do the staff and parents, anyone they pass in the halls on the way to the wards. All the dogs that visit - from Stumpy the miniature dachshund to Ralf the giant schnauzer - are incredibly well trained and have the most wonderful demeanour.
“Without fail, they put a huge smile on the faces of everyone who meets them, and in a children’s hospital, the more smiles we generate, the better.”
Photo courtesy of the Herald Sun.
Sue Hunt, Executive Director of the Foundation recently gave a moving speech about the link between compassion, giving and happiness. Those in search of a long and happy life will find this fascinating reading. Here is an excerpt:
“A fascinating research study was recently published; the result of 80 years’ work. Generations of researchers have been looking to discover what makes people live longer.
In 1921, psychologist Lewis Terman began research on more than fifteen-hundred ten-year-olds. The idea was that the subjects would be tested, interviewed and studied throughout their life over the next 80 years or until they passed away – whichever came first. Researchers have used the data to figure out what behaviours, personality traits, and life experiences are related to longevity.
There are a number of factors that help to ensure a long life. As with all research, there are some obvious factors – don’t smoke, eat well and follow medical advice. Some common assumptions were found to be false. (For example – avoiding stress will not make you live longer according to this research); and, some unexpected relationships emerged.
One of the most compelling finds from this 80-year study makes me particularly pleased for all our hospital fundraisers.
Researchers found that a life lived with purpose is one of the keys. Doing work that holds personal significance, or is of value to society, is good for your physical heath.
Simply… Being engaged in meaningful work will make you live longer.
On Saturday 22 July 2012, The Royal Children’s Hospital Auxiliaries celebrated the beginning of their 90th year with a special occasion, their AGM. The stylish luncheon was held at the beautiful and iconic Myer Mural Hall.
The date of the 2012 AGM was especially significant. It marked the actual anniversary of the formation of the first Auxiliary supporting The Royal Children’s Hospital. 40 women attended the first meeting in Malvern on 21 July 1922. Now, The Royal Children’s Hospital Auxiliaries are a strong network comprising of more than 1000 dedicated members. Last Saturday’s AGM was a very special celebration, attended by over 300 Auxiliary members.
Letters of congratulations for the 90th anniversary milestone from the Premier, the Lord Mayor and the Minister for Health were presented and read by Tony Beddison AO, Chairman, The Royal Children’s Hospital.
The RCH Auxiliaries were also awarded a Life Governorship of the hospital - a prestigious honour bestowed only on the most dedicated supporters. Carole Lowen, President of Auxiliaries, with the certificate above.
Professor Christine Kilpatrick, Chief Executive, The Royal Children’s Hospital (above) and Sue Hunt, Executive Director of the Foundation (below) and congratulated the Auxiliaries for 90 years of supporting the hospital, and Victoria’s sick children and their families.
Carole Lowen, President of Auxiliaries and Sue Manson, Auxiliary Coordinator gave informative and entertaining reports about all the happenings throughout 2001/2012, and also touched on some of the important moments of the Auxiliaries’ past 90 years of supporting the hospital.
Sandra Jones, an accomplished cake artist and member of Smiley Auxiliary made the stunning cake above to celebrate the occasion.
Davina Johnson OAM, Immediate Past President, gave announcements and also a special personal message.
Robyn Anderson from Caskids Auxiliary was awarded the Madge Tate Award for exceptional service to Auxiliaries – the highest honour of Auxiliary Awards. Her award was presented by Louise Gourlay OAM, Patron of Auxiliaries.The moment of surprise when her name was announced is captured in the picture above. Congratulations Robyn!
Professor Graham Barnes, who has been a clinician, researcher and teacher at the RCH for over 40 years, gave a personal and professional perspective on developments in paediatrics over recent decades.
All attendees thoroughly enjoyed a sublime performance by the Melbourne Sinfonia Auxiliary, volunteer orchestra who raise funds for the Hospital. The Auxiliary comprises around fifty musicians from diverse professional and musical backgrounds, including a couple of members of RCH staff.
The Auxiliaries Executive would like to extend warm thanks to all Auxiliary members and friends of Auxiliaries who were in attendance for this special event.
They were delighted and honoured to share the anniversary with representatives from many Auxiliaries across Victoria, our own Auxiliary leaders, past and present, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Foundation board members, executive and hospital staff.
Celebrating the 90th Anniversary in 2012/2013 and having raised over $38 million for the hospital since 1922, The Royal Children’s Hospital Auxiliaries’ are wholly devoted to their mission: ‘One team working towards one goal – making sick kids better.’
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Congratulations and thank you from the Foundation, the hospital and wider Victorian community.
As Professor Kilpatrick said at the AGM and has said before: ‘We couldn’t do what we do without you.’
Fletcher is our RCH BoQ Ambassador - he and his family are delighted to share their story to help other children in need.
Born two months premature, baby Fletcher’s doctors at the RCH discovered through routine tests that his platelets - the cells that help blood to clot - were low and falling. He was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition known as Wiskott-Aldridge syndrome. It’s a condition that only one new case arises every few years in Victoria. And for Fletcher it was life-threatening.
To get three-year old Fletcher a life-saving bone marrow transplant, the RCH team scoured the globe and eventually found a match in Europe. A scientist traveled to the other side of the world to collect the donor marrow, packed it in a cooler, jumped on a plane back to Melbourne, and rushed straight to the hospital from the airport.
The process was extremely challenging for Fletcher and his family. This brave young boy endured chemotherapy to wipe out his old immune system before his new bone marrow was transfused into him. He then spent time in intensive care, followed by a full 10 weeks in isolation to protect his fragile immune system. This was followed by six months confined to the family home, also in strict isolation.
“He’s an amazing child. I kept wondering how he would cope being in isolation, but he was very resilient, and Thomas the Tank Engine helped a lot,” Dr Tiedemann said. “He’s been a spirited little lad ever since.”
All of this took place in 2010, when Fletcher was just 3 years old. Now, after a careful and intensive two-year journey of recovery, he is a bright and happy 5 year old.
Most importantly, Fletcher is cured.
Throughout July, we are pleased to be a part of Bank of Queensland’s ‘Banking on our Kids’ campaign. Fletcher is our RCH BoQ Ambassador - he and his family are delighted to share their story to help other children in need.
Every dollar raised during Banking on Our Kids Month goes directly to our national partner, Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia (CHFA), and the RCH is the beneficiary of the Victorian donations.
It’s wonderful to be a part of it – big thanks to BOQ.
Find out more, meet Fletcher and the other Ambassadors and donate now at www.boq.com.au/kids
Photos courtesy of the Herald Sun.