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Collaboration in Cardiac Care Meeting

Sep 26 2019
All Health Professionals are invited to attend the Collaboration in Cardiac Care meeting that will be held on Thursday 12th December 2019. The ...

A lovely letter from a Heart Centre family

Aug 24 2017
The family of one of our patients has written a beautiful letter of appreciation. It shows how many people and various roles work together to ma...

24 Hour Soccerthon

Aug 23 2017
The annual 24 Hour Soccerthon, which is now in its 6th year, will be running from 25-26 August. Each year this event has helped us raise substan...

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Our new exercise stress lab

Posted by Kylie Flament on 16 September 2014
  Welcome to our new exercise stress lab! Thanks to the generous contributions of Dr KC Lau (one of our retiring cardiologists), the wonderful organisers of the Soccer Marathon earlier this month (who purchased the treadmill component), and VFX (who donated the outstanding new wall mural, which took several hours to put up), our exercise stress lab is now one of the best in the world. The treadmill and ergometer (a sort of reclining bicycle) are used to uncover abnormal heart rhythms and symptoms such as chest pain that sometimes only show up during exercise.  Our old system had been in use for more than 11 years and we could no longer find spare parts for it, so we needed new equipment quickly, and these incredible donors allowed us to do that (and brightened the place up with some great art that was put together by Adrian Paraska, one of our physiologists). Thank you to everyone who contributed to this vital equipment and lovely new room. We h...
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Kicking Goals success on Saturday

Posted by Kylie Flament on 12 September 2014
A huge thank you to George, Vivian, Joe and Clara, and everyone who helped to make this year's Soccer Marathon such a success!  The Heart Centre for Children team played at 3pm on Saturday, kicking quite a few goals either way, and not only did we have a great time, but we were thrilled to be presented with a giant cheque that represents enough funding (split with the Oncology department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead) to purchase lots of new equipment.  On our list is a treadmill for our new exercise stress lab, a holter monitor and a temporary pacemaker.  For more photos and information, head to the Soccer Marathon Facebook page.
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Team Gigi

Posted by Kylie Flament on 8 August 2014
We are stunned by the amazing fundraising effort that Team Gigi, a group of 14 friends and family members of little Georgie, one of our patients, have put in for the City2Surf this year.  Team Gigi started off with a fundraising goal of $5,000 but with two days still to go they have already tripled that, making a big difference to our ability to purchase a new heart lung machine this year.  This is what the team have to say on their fundraising page about their motivation for entering the race and seeking donations: Our inspiration is a gorgeous little girl Georgie, (our GiGi) who has spent many months in the heart unit at Westmead hospital, and has undergone 2 major heart operations.
2013 was an extremely emotional and stressful time for [Georgie's] family as they juggled their time between appointments and visits with Georgie, and time with their eldest daughter, 3 year old Abigail, whilst still maintaining their jobs in order for money to keep coming in!
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How Noni the cow helped the Heart Centre

Posted by Kylie Flament on 7 August 2014
We are constantly amazed by some of the creative ways that families and supporters of the Heart Centre for Children raise funds to enable us to continue our ground-breaking research and to purchase much-needed medical equipment.  The family of one of our patients, Zachary, is one of the most creative in a while, putting their calf, Noni, up for sale at the Royal Easter Show and donating half of the proceeds (a whopping $2,500) to us!  They also sent us a lovely letter, saying: "We appreciate all that you did for Zach during his surgeries and hope you can put the money to good use by helping out other children in need." Knowing that we need to purchase some new monitors and prams for our ward shortly, we can't thank you enough, Zach and family! If you're inspired by Zach and his family's efforts, click here to see How You Can Help. ...
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Thomas Smith's visit

Posted by Kylie Flament on 29 July 2014

Artist Thomas Smith and his wife Rita kindly visited the Heart Centre for Children today, donating two original paintings and bringing 29 brand new soft toys with him that were donated by a school in Shanghai to bring smiles to our patients' faces, like that of Danielle (pictured), age 11.  We look forward to working with Thomas and Rita over the coming months and years as they pursue their plans to raise funds for paediatric cardiac research for us.  More of Thomas' art can be seen at www.thomasartgallery.com

 

 

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Soccer (Futsal) Marathon 5-6 September

Posted by Kylie Flament on 29 July 2014

The third annual soccer (futsal) marathon, Kicking Goals for Kids, will take place from 6pm Friday 5 September to 6pm Saturday 6 September at Tyndale Christian School, 58 Douglas Road, Blacktown NSW 2148.  Children (and those who are still kids at heart) from 5 to 105 years old can play, and help the team to raise funds for the Heart Centre for Children and the Oncology unit at CHW.  The more the merrier!  For more information and to stay updated, go to http://www.facebook.com/kicking.goals.for.kids.  To sponsor or donate, head to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/kicking-goals-for-kids-with-cancer.  We hope to see some of our patients and families there for some of the 24 hours of fun!

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Golf Day 31 October

Posted by Kylie Flament on 23 July 2014
Zipper Tickers, the Newcastle-based group of Mums who last year raised over $40,000 towards a new echo machine, is this year organising a Charity Golf Day to help fund a new heart-lung machine (which keeps our little patients alive during open-heart surgery).  Details of the day and how to register your team are on the website, www.zippertickers.com: Please join us at Newcastle’s premier golf club Pacific Dunes on Friday 31st October for what promises to be a fun filled day of golf and laughter as we raise funds towards the purchase of a new Heart Lung By-Pass machine for the Heart Centre for Children. Format for the day will be a 4 man Ambrose/Shot gun start. On course novelty competitions and prizes. Ticket price includes golf, cart hire, breakfast, lunch and drinks package. We hope to see many of you there! ...
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Congratulations bike winners

Posted by Kylie Flament on 12 June 2014

We recently held three raffles for bikes donated by a generous supporter of the Heart Centre for Children.  These were drawn on the 3rd of June and I wish to congratulate the winners:

  • The Foley family
  • The Williams family, and
  • The Tamar family

We hope you enjoy your prizes and look forward to seeing photos of you on them!

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Jasmine's cake stall

Posted on 30 April 2014
Thank you so much to our friend Jasmine who decided to do a little good these school holidays and set up a bake sale outside her house to raise money for the Heart Centre for Children.  Jasmine and her grandmother baked all day to have a table full of goodies for people to choose from, and then Jasmine and her friends Amelie, Astrid, Chloe, Georgia and Violet sold the cookies and cakes, raising a fantastic $83.50 for us.  The money will be put towards purchasing a Heart-Lung Machine, to help us to perform life-saving surgery on babies and children just like Jasmine, who was born with a heart condition. What an amazing young lady!  Thank you Jasmine!! Click here to find out How You Can Help too. ...
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Grin and Bear It success

Posted by Kylie Flament on 9 April 2014
The Heart Centre for Children entered a team in the inaugural Grin and Bear It challenge, in conjunction with Raw Challenge.  Six kilometres of mud and obstacles lay between us and the celebration breakfast at the finish line, and the team did amazingly well.  Not only did we all complete the course, but we did it while pushing prams through the first two kilometres, carrying weights through other parts, dragging tyres, swimming through ice-filled mud pits, crawling up tunnels, and more besides.  We know that this is nothing compared to what some of our young patients endure, and were happy to raise over $2,000 towards new equipment for the department. Thank you to everyone who supported us (and to the Mum of one of our patients, Rachel, who came to cheer us on and take photos!).  Photos are available on the Bandaged Bear Facebook page. ...
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