2020 was a difficult year for community fundraising, but that didn’t stop students at Willoughby Public School who were happy to step up to the challenge. The Student Representative Council (SRC) organised a Mufti-Day to raise money for new mobility walkers to assist patients at Royal North Shore Hospital.
On the 11th of November, students left their uniforms at home, wore mufti clothes to school and brought in donations to help raise money for the walkers, which are vital in assisting patients during their recovery.
Year 6 student David came up with the idea when visiting his grandparents with his mum, Kylie, during their treatment at Royal North Shore Hospital. He noticed that the current walkers were quite old and showed a lot of wear and tear. The hospital could use new ones. So, David made his case and created a PowerPoint presentation to show the SRC why it was essential to raise money for this important cause.
“I saw how much the walkers were being used by patients like my grandparents, but I also saw how much the hospital supports the local community – I wanted to help and give back,” said David.
All up, the students raised an incredible $750, which enabled them to purchase ten new mobility walkers to donate to the Royal North Shore Hospital Physiotherapy Department. The Willoughby Public School emblem will proudly decorate the donated walkers to acknowledge how grateful we are for this tremendous support from the school community.
Gary Rolls, Physiotherapy Head of Department at the hospital says the team is absolutely thrilled that the students thought of the hospital and are sure that the patients will be happy knowing primary school children raised the money to help get them up and walking.
“It truly shows that you’re never too young to make a big difference” said Gary.
We are extremely grateful to Kylie, David and the students at Willoughby Public School for their generosity and community support.
The NORTH Foundation is always looking for great community champions who want to partner with us to support our hospitals. If you’re interested in becoming a community fundraiser please click here to learn more.
The NORTH Foundation is the official fundraising and engagement partner for the Northern Sydney Local Health District including Royal North Shore, Ryde and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospitals as well as the Kolling Institute of Medical Research.