Passion for Neurology
Dr David Banney was well-known in the Neurology Unit at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital as a visiting specialist for over 35 years. He was a competent clinician and in later years he developed a passion of neuro-otology. In remembrance of him and anticipating continuity of his interests in both neurology and neuro-otology a donation has been made to RBWH Foundation.
Commitment to Reducing Road Toll
As a parent, RACQ Group CEO Ian Gillespie, believes that we must do what we can to bring down the road toll of the people aged between 17 and 24. Every year more than 1,600 young people in this age bracket are hospitalised as a result of road trauma. And for every death and injury, there are many family members and friends who are touched by the tragedy. RACQ have recently committed to contribute $300,000 over the next three years towards the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program offered through RBWH, representing the company's largest community sponsorship outside their rescue helicopter network. PARTY gives high school students the chance to learn first-hand the impact a car or motorbike crash has on a family and provides them with a very clear message about road safety. Read more about RACQ's support of PARTY here.
Gift of Gratitude
Like most expecting mothers, Dahlia had a birth plan in place. She would deliver her baby in Melbourne under the care of her regular obstetrician. But at 32 weeks, while she and her family were holidaying at the Gold Coast, Dahlia’s waters broke and they were rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Dahlia never imagined that the level of emergency care and treatment that she received at RBWH would be so extraordinary. That was four years ago and now her baby Sascha is a healthy and happy little girl who enjoys normal preschooler activities. Dahlia is so thankful for the care they received at RBWH that she donated $20,000 to the Royal Milk Bank in the Neonatal Unit. Dahlia’s donation will be specifically used to purchase two freezers for the Milk Bank. Read more about Dahlia's amazing gift here.
Turning tragedy into triumph
Two very special Royal Mums, with the help of their families and friends are turning their personal tragedies into fundraising triumphs for very special causes - Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit and the planned human donor Milk Bank at RBWH. Through having children at the Royal, Stephanie Hoppe and Angela Perry have experienced first-hand the knowledge, skill and expert care provided by the hospital staff. Now Stephanie and Angela are on a mission to raise funds that will benefit other families with premature and seriously-ill babies in the future. Stephanie Hoppe gave birth to her son Charlie at RBWH on 23 November 2010 after only 34 weeks of gestation. Unfortunately Charlie's brain wasn't developing normally and after a brave fight he passed away in early February. In memory of Charlie, Stephanie organised an online auction which raised nearly $10,000. Angela Perry is also driven to raised money for RBWH after her son Noah tragically passed away. Both Stephanie and Angela are on an incredible mission to give something back to RBWH. Read more about their fundraising stories here.
Making a positive change
In 2010, Royal on the Park was in search of a corporate responsibility partner. They were looking for a charity with a similar mission vision and values to their own and most of all they they wanted to use their support to make a real change. The senior team at Royal on the Park consulted their Staff Improvement Team and together they selected RBWH Foundation. Ever since, they have been working closely with the Foundation to raise much-needed funds through in-room marketing collateral, donation collection points, events and the sale of cuddly red teddy bears.
Saving tiny lives
Multi award-winning singing sensation and mother-of-two, Katie Noonan, visited the Neonatal Unit in 2010 and met many premature babies and their families, including 17-day-old Nasia Cooper who arrived 15 weeks early and suffered from breathing difficulties. Katie visited the hospital to see first-hand the lives she was helping to save when she performed at the 2010 RBWH Butterfly Ball. The annual Butterfly Ball raises funds for the Brain Research Advances in Newborns (BRAIN) project which aims to pinpoint ways to prevent brain injury while the baby is still in the womb and how to rehabilitate the brain after birth. View photos of Katie's visit at our Photo Gallery.
Shared vision for good health
The Queensland Reds and RBWH both have a shared vision to promote healthier lifestyles - a common goal that has led to an ongoing partnership with the Foundation. RBWH Foundation was chosen as the Reds preferred charity because of the important role the hospital plays in thecommunity, providing vital health care and services throughout Queensland. Queensland Rugby CEO Jim Carmichael said their affiliation with the Foundation was particularly beneficial in promoting good health and wellbeing. "We look forward to working with RBWH to promote sport and physical activity as a way of disease prevention, which links closely to the great work done by many of the researchers at the hospital." Visit the Queensland Reds website or take a look at the 2012 TV commercial.
Giving back is a healthy investment
Like many Queenslanders, Pam Ganley was born at Royal Women's Hospital. Pam and her family have forged a strong connection with her birthplace, a connection that is set to continue beyond this lifetime. Pam has decided to leave a bequest to the Foundation in her Will. Pam believes that by supporting RBWH, in particular the clinical research carried out at the hospital, she is investing in a healthy future for her family and the community at large.
Saving more lives through education and training
Sasha Maggiolo had a motorbike accident and was given a 1% chance of survival. Her injuries were horrific: a liver severed in two, a ruptured main artery, broken leg, knee and shoulder, plus a fractured vertebrae and ribs. She set the record for the most blood transfused into one patient and endured 15 surgeries. Her survival can be attributed to excellent intensive care work and to the advances in care through research. So inspired by the doctors at RBWH, Sasha's father Gilbert Maggiolo began donating an annual sum to the Foundation for education and training in critical care. The company of which Gilberto is Managing Director, Epoca Constructions, is now also a major sponsor of the Burns, Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre at RBWH.