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Campaign to purchase a Rotem

Time is critical when dealing with traumatic injuries and in surgical procedures that may result in heavy bleeding. Having an advanced diagnostic machine that analyses the coagulation of blood, not only saves time by helping to guide clinical decisions for blood transfusions, it most importantly, saves lives.

A Rotem blood analyser machine will soon be purchased by Werribee Mercy Hospital following a successful community fundraiser led by Werribee Hospital Foundation in partnership with community members, groups and businesses.

The target of $40,000 has now been reached and it is all thanks to the local Wyndham community getting behind their public hospital.

Major donors include the Werribee Hospital Foundation, Werribee District Football Club, Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing and Goddings.

The Werribee District Football Club supported this fundraiser by hosting The Mercy Cup on Saturday 4 August where Werribee Districts claimed the trophy with a 16.10 (106) – 8.11 (59) win against Wyndham Vale F.C. The funds raised were boosted by Werribee Districts Football player, Gavin Donnan, who helped champion an online fundraising campaign.

Werribee Mercy perioperative educator and Director of Werribee Hospital Foundation, Nicole Whiting, organised a sold out Ladies Luncheon at the The Mercy Cup that included a massive fundraising raffle.

Carmel Joyce, Nurse Unit Manager Operating Theatres at Werribee Mercy Hospital attended The Mercy Cup and Ladies Luncheon fundraiser. “It was a great day, a really great atmosphere, and fantastic to have the support of so many local people” said Carmela.

Carmela’s role at the hospital means she has first hand experience of supporting the patients who are critically ill and can benefit from this vital life saving equipment.

Now with the hospital undertaking the purchase of this new machine, the Werribee Hospital Foundation look forward to continuing to work with local individuals, organisations, clubs and businesses, and to continue to support our local public hospital.

The Mercy Cup

Werribee District Football Club player and fundraising ambassador, Gavin Donnon is leading the charge to help raise vital funds for the purchase of life saving equipment.

Round 15 on Saturday 4th August 2018 Werribee Districts Football Club will play Wyndhamvale Football Club at Soldiers Reserve in Werribee, in a battle for premiership points and bragging rights for the Mercy Cup.

The focus of this year’s Mercy Cup is the purchase of a life saving blood analysis unit, critical for analysing blood quickly and speeding up the treatment of patients suffering bleeding during obstetrics.

Werribee Hospital Foundation is grateful to Gavin, the Werribee District Football Club and many businesses who are supporting this fundraising campaign.

Wyndham Fun Run

Werribee Hospital Foundation Director, Nik Tsardakis has been appointed patron of the 2018 Wyndham Fun Run and along with hundreds of other locals, is preparing to walk/run to help raise money for our local hospital, the Werribee Mercy.

“I am delighted to be asked to be the Patron of the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk – March 2018. As a Rotarian of 38 years I am well aware of the community activity and fund raising capacity of Rotary,” said Nik.

“For a long period Wyndham Rotary Club has contributed to the local community in many ways and I am pleased they have chosen the very important local public hospital, operated by the Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd. as one of their major fund raising activities.

I welcome your support as a sponsor and/or participant in the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for the much needed Werribee Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit.”

Registrations are open now and will stay open until Friday 2 March at 12.30pm.

Thanks for making a difference locally

Local public hospital advocate and lifetime Werribee resident, Jan Goates recently retired as Director of the Werribee Hospital Foundation after 25 years. In a recent interview Jan reflected on the foundation’s growth and contribution to public hospital services in Wyndham.

“When the Foundation was established in 1993 we wanted to make a difference locally and make sure Wyndham families would benefit from our local public hospital well into the future….Now 25 years later it’s exciting to see how the Werribee Mercy Hospital has grown and developed to meet the needs of our community.”

When asked about the Foundation’s achievements over the past 25 years Jan said the Werribee Hospital Foundation had already given well over $1million to capital works projects, new equipment, scholarship funding for hospital staff and has recently pledged to help raise another $2million, in partnership with Mercy Health, for the Critical Care Unit currently under construction.

“The community cares greatly about their public hospital. We don’t want to have to drive miles away to access care for loved ones. This has been evidenced by the community’s support for the current Critical Care Unit Appeal that has seen over $800,000 in donations pledged so far.

Last month local restaurant Master Wok donated $10,000 toward the appeal. Owner and Manager, Patrick Chui said, “the community has supported our business for 35 years and we are happy to support the hospital and give something back to the community.”

At a recent dinner celebrating Jan’s extensive contribution to the Werribee Hospital Foundation, Nik Tsardakis, current Chairman and founding director said, “Jan’s long and outstanding commitment to the work of the foundation will be greatly missed. Jan has been a strong advocate for local public hospital care and her efforts have made a tremendous difference to our community.”

The Werribee Hospital Foundations welcomes support for the Critical Care Appeal.

Become a fundraiser today and raise money for the CCU or show your support by making a donation at wmhCCUAppeal.org.au.