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As we celebrate with loved ones this Christmas, Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) is asking Border communities to send a special wish to those spending the festive season in their care.

The AWH Christmas Wish List Appeal was launched today and is raising essential funds to support the Children’s Ward and Palliative Care services.

“The last two years have been very challenging for most people in our community. However, it has been especially stressful for those seeking treatment and care” said AWH’s Board of Directors Chairman, Matt Burke OAM.

“The Christmas Wish List Appeal will help fund vital medical equipment and comfort and care items for unwell kids and those needing support from our palliative care team”.

“We are very grateful for the incredible support we receive from local communities and we wish everyone happy, safe and healthy festive season,” he said.

CHRISTMAS WISH LIST ITEMS

Children’s Ward

  • Arts & Crafts Sets/Lego - help kids with the nervous wait prior to surgery ($50 each)
  • Portable Ultrasound Machine - help find the veins in babies and unwell kids needing a cannula ($5,000 each)

Palliative Care

  • Stay at Home Care - bathroom equipment and mobility aids help terminally ill patients stay at home surrounded by loved ones ($200 each)
  • Personal Alarms - help a patient who is home alone call for help ($400 each)
  • Syringe Drivers - give the gift of pain management and ongoing medicine from home ($3,000 each)

Donations to the Wish List Appeal can be made at online at awh.org.au/christmas-appeal or by cheque. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Other ways to support the Children’s Ward and Palliative Care this festive season.

  • Murray River Police District are asking members of the community to dig deep and donate toys and other items to the Children’s Ward. Gifts can be donated up until Monday 20 December at Albury Police Station and will be presented to children in the ward by police officers on Christmas Day.
  • Wodonga Carols by Candlelight is raising funds with proceeds from the sale of virtual candles going to support families and their loved ones in palliative care. www.wodongacarols.org

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