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Heart Lung Machine Fundraising

Can you help us?

We need to purchase a new heart lung machine so that we can continue to perform as many surgeries as possible each year.

These machines come at a big cost - $500,000 to be precise, but we know that every little bit counts when it comes to fundraising.  We have already raised over $211,000 (as at 11 November 2015) and sincerely thank all of the donors and fundraisers who have helped us to get this far, especially:

Donor or FundraiserAmount
Steve and Angela (August 2015) in memory of Levi $1,500.00
Ben L (July 2015) in honour of Daniel $5,941.82
In memory of Daniel (July 2015) $870.00
Family and Friends of Levi (July 2015) $995.00
Wentworthville Memorial Bowling & Community Club Inc (July 2015) $13,886.97
Annabel's cycling fundraiser (June 2015) $2,122.00
Bourke Gibbons Fundraising for Children (June 2006) $1,000.00
E G B (May 2015) in honour of Daniel $3,000.00
Singleton Physiotherapy & Sports Injury (May 2015) in memory of Daniel $500.00
Michelle H (May 2015) in memory of Daniel $1,611.00
Louisa G (May 2015) in memory of Levi $1,590.20
Australian Islamic Mission (fundraiser, Apr 2015) $21,000.00
Richard (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $500.00
Friends and family of Baby Jake (Mar 2015) $12,412.00
M&C Saatchi (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $1,000.00
Zelene (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $1,000.00
Yanet (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $500.00
Mamakaz Banana Breads (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $5,000.00
Jake (Mar 2015) $1,080.00
Ginsberg Family (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $1,000.00
Steven & Avril (Mar 2015) in honour of Jake $500.00
Precious Hearts (Feb 2015) $13,000.00
Natasha, Josh and friends (fundraising page, Jan 2015) $9,131.33
A H (Dec 2014) $3,000.00
Bequest from Anonymous (Dec 2014) $2,395.10
Murray S (Nov 2014) $1,000.00
Camden Downs Retirement Village (Oct 2014) $500.00
Zipper Tickers golf day (Oct 2014) $25,000.00
Blake and Simon (Auction of NRL Grand Final Tickets, Oct 2014) $4,000.00
George M (Donation, Sept 2014) $1,000.00
Michael and Jackie (Donation, Sept 2014) $10,000.00
Matt F (Fundraising, Aug 2014) $1,241.00
Lana B (Celebration, Aug 2014) $600.00
Team Gigi (City2Surf, Aug 2014) $16,588.92
Heart Centre Fundraising $900.00
Anonymous company donation (June 2014) $500.00
Anonymous (Donation, June 2014) $1,000.00
Gregory Jewellers (Donation, Apr 2014) $6,906.35
Katie S (Donation, Mar 2014) $3,000.00


What the machine does

During open-heart surgery, we need to stop the heart from beating so that we can fix it in some way, so we put patients on to bypass using a heart lung machine.

This amazing machine acts as the patient's heart and lungs during the surgery, so instead of blood going into the heart after it makes its way around the body, it goes into the heart lung machine, where it is filtered, heated or cooled, oxygenated and pumped back into the body where the heart would normally pump it to.  If you're a visual person you might like to watch our short video on how the heart lung machine works.

It is a very special device and vital to what we do, so we were delighted to be able to purchase a new machine in early 2014.  Now we need your help to purchase a second one, to ensure we have the best possible equipment on hand for any surgeries (knowing that sometimes we might need two machines at once). These machines come with a big price tag of $500,000 so we need all the help we can get.


How you can help

There are many ways that you can help, including:

  • Making a donation
  • Holding a morning tea, dinner, party, school disco or mufti day to fundraise for us
  • Auctioning things you don't need and contributing the profits to us
  • Hosting an event like the Soccer Marathon in September 2015, or the golf day in Newcastle in October 2014

For more ideas, head to How You Can Help or get in contact with us.


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