The Flinders Medical Centre Foundation is thrilled by the community's reaction to the Mix 102.3 and SA Lotteries campaign to renovate accommodation for parents with infants in the Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal Unit.
In the first week of the radio campaign, which commenced on Monday 16th May 2011, SA Lotteries pledged a generous donation of $25,000 to start the fundraising ball rolling on the accommodation rescue to turn former office space into accommodation for up to three regional families with infants in the Neonatal Unit.
The remarkable $25,000 donation from SA Lotteries was followed on Friday 10th June with an incredible second pledge for $25,000 to purchase vital cardio-respiratory monitors for the FMC Neonatal Unit.
“We were so thrilled to hear that our $25,000 donation to the Neonatal Parent Accommodation Rescue campaign on Mix 102.3 has lead to such overwhelming support for this cause from other local companies,” said Rebekah Payne, PR Manager of SA Lotteries.
“While SA Lotteries’ games generate approximately $1.7 million for State hospitals each week, we wanted to more directly benefit those using our hospitals.
“With this in mind, we were very pleased to make a secondary donation of $25,000 to further assist the Neonatal Unit at Flinders Medical Centre.”
Mix 102.3's breakfast team John, Jodie and Snowy have been appealing to the general community to also get involved with the accommodation rescue. Through their website they have been selling "advertising space" on Jodie's pregnant belly, with the highest bidder announced each week.
A special thanks to those companies who have appeared on Jodie's belly billboard so far:
Week 1 - St Peter's Crash Repairs donated $1,300
Week 2 - Adelaide Galvanising Industries donated $1,600
Week 3 - Gant clothing at Malvern donated $2,000
Week 4 - SA All Tools donated $3,000
Week 5 - Sparton Electrical donated $3,500
Week 6 - Olympic Industries donated $5,000
Week 7 - Kym Jones Enterprizes donated $2,000
Week 8 - Hahndorf Farm Barn donated $1,200
Week 9 - Alarm Logic donated $1,200
Week 10 - Cafe2U donated $1,500
Week 11 - Australian Radio School donated $1,300
Week 12 - GO!DENTAL Snap on Smile Dentist donated $1,000
Week 13 - District Council of Mount Barker donated $1,300
Week 14 - Alarm Logic donated $1,250
In addition, companies are coming on board to donate goods and services to the accommodation rescue. We are very pleased to thank the following companies:
- 3D Interiors will renovate the ceiling and wall of the flat.
- Adelaide Commercial Flooring are laying the carpet.
- Architectual Hardware & Doors are providing doors and frames.
- Beacon Lighting is donating 8 fixtures, lamps and the bathroom fan.
- Bunnings Marion, Noarlunga and Mile End stores have come together to provide cleaning products and kitchen facilities.
- Caroma, Northern Plumbing Supplies and Seima are together donating $2,500 of sanitaryware and tapware.
- DeConstruct will be providing the demolition of existing fittings.
- Dulux has offered all paint and labour to help out.
- Euro Appliances and SA Appliance Warehouse will donate an oven, gas cooktop, rangehood, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
- Harris Scarfe are donating kitchen appliances, curtains and pillows.
- Ikea has offered $5,500 of bedroom and living room furniture.
- InterfaceFLOR will be providing the carpet.
- Kennett Builders has offered to provide a Site Manager to co-ordinate the renovation and carpentry services, and source additional items or services that are still needed by the end of the campaign.
- Jordan Plumbing will donate $4,500 of labour and materials.
- Newton Ceramics are donating the tiles for the bathroom and kitchen.
- Packers will be supplying the glass shower screen and door.
- Plastech Electrical is donating all electrical services required.
- Sprigg Shopfitters are doing the joinery for the kitchen.
- Total Commercial Ceramics will be installing the tiles.
More than 800 babies are cared for in the FMC Neonatal Unit each year, with many premature infants requiring round-the-clock breathing support, close monitoring and intravenous feeding. Parents must visit the unit frequently to express milk and bond with their new baby.
Babies come to the FMC Neonatal Unit, one of only two Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state, from Adelaide suburbs and regional areas across South Australia. For many families the financial burden of paying to stay near the hospital is one more difficulty they must face during an already testing period.
A unique opportunity has arisen where the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation has the chance to renovate an office flat on campus to instead provide accommodation to parents of neonatal babies, which up to three couples will be able to share at a time.
The opportunity to be able to stay ‘on site’ at heavily reduced rates (a nominal fee to cover cleaning and linen) will make it easier for parents of babies in the Neonatal Unit.
Thanks to the wonderful support of the general public, the renovations commenced on Tuesday 14th June and we will continue to upload photographs to the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation's Facebook page.