Fundraiser provides life-saving equipment to kids’ hospital

(Pictured: Steven Browne, Ali Bramston, Nadia Badawi, Stefanie Sjobeck and Chris Chau)

A crucial lifesaving piece of medical equipment has been generously donated to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) through an incredible fundraising campaign by Kane Constructions through the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Kane Constructions (Kane) achieved its fundraising goal in less than 10 months to raise just over $76,000 to purchase a Babylog VN500 Neonatal Ventilator for the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

The fundraiser’s success was largely driven by Kane and the contribution of their subcontractors to help meet its target.

The Neonatal Ventilator is used to provide breathing support for ill or premature babies that are often not able to breathe well enough on their own.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and its supporters have provided lifesaving medical equipment and healthcare initiatives for sick children in around 500 hospitals and health services across Australia.

Humpty Dumpty Foundation CEO, Claire Reaney said Kane’s impressive effort in raising the funds in such a short amount of time was an enormous feat.

“More and more, Humpty is playing a critical role in bridging the budgetary shortfalls faced by Australian hospitals and health services. Humpty is proud to play a role in extending vital medical care to all corners of the country. We truly commend Kane Constructions and their subcontractors, for their dedication to improving healthcare outcomes for children by raising funds for this lifesaving equipment."

“The Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care provides care for around 650 critically ill babies who come from all around NSW, the ACT and the Pacific with congenital heart disease, needing major surgery or with complex medical conditions.” Professor Nadia Badawi AM Medical Director and Co-Head Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at CHW said.

“Our team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals could not provide this vital care without lifesaving equipment such as the Neonatal Ventilator donated by Kane Constructions. These generous fundraising efforts will support the work of our team and will have a huge impact on many babies and their families.”

Kane’s General Manager, Brett Moore, emphasised his company’s support for worthwhile causes as part of leaving a positive legacy for the community.

“We’re not just building infrastructure that benefits local communities; we aim to leave long-lasting legacies that will make a difference to people’s lives.”

Project Manager Chris Chau said he was proud to be supporting the fundraiser as it was quite personal for him.

“We’d like to thank our donors for their generosity in providing funds for this ventilator which is a lifeline for babies who struggle to breathe independently.

It’s great to see the company I work for get behind this worthy cause because I was a premature baby myself.”

The machine will support the great work the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care Unit is doing. Every year, more than 600 premature newborns, neonates, and critically ill infants with complex medical conditions, such as serious cardiac and surgical disorders are being treated at the centre.

Kane Construction constructed the new multi-storey (P21) car park and is upgrading some areas of the hospital as part of the NSW Government’s $619 million investment into the redevelopment of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.