OFF THE WALL | Humpty Dumpty helps Liverpool Hospital

Some of the funds raised by the BalmoralBurn charity run (gallery) have gone to providing $14,000 worth of much-needed equipment to Liverpool Hospital.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has donated a Kanmed baby bed (worth $8650) and an Ultrablender oxygen mixer (worth $5350) to the hospital.

The foundation’s Balmoral Burn has made a significant difference to hospitals and health services across Australia. The event, in its 18th year, raised a record-breaking $2.7 million which will enable donations of medical equipment to many of the 383 hospitals supported by the charity. 

The baby bed and oxygen blender go to Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care. 

The baby bed allows premature babies to be removed from an incubator at an earlier stage while maintaining their temperature. The bed lets parents access their baby so bonding can continue unimpeded, while providing the warm environment needed for pre-term development.

Respiratory support for very sick premature babies is essential for their survival. The oxygen blender will provide an accurate mix of oxygen in the air to the exact concentration needed by the baby. Too much or too little oxygen into their lungs can be harmful and affect eye and brain development.

The fundraising weekend in Sydney at the end of May kicked off with a corporate dinner on the Friday night followed on Sunday with the charity’s run created by Wallaby legend, PhilKearns.

Consisting of 22 x 420metre uphill challenges, the run has a race category to suit every member of the family, including the family pet, and features the infamous Hill of Hurt obstacle event. 

Held on the last Sunday of May each year, the run has raised more than $32 million since it started.

“Yet again the community has rallied together to support our annual fun-run event that is now in its 18th year.  The record-breaking results again show just how much this event has grown since Phil Kearns first came up with the idea in 2000 and we’re delighted to see it continue to grow each year,” the foundation’s chairman PaulFrancis said.

“Thanks to the generosity of corporate organisations and individuals, we’ve raised $2.7 million, another record-breaking result and we thank the community for their kindness.”

About the Humpty Dumpty Foundation

Having now raised well over $60 million and continuing to make a significant impact on the lives of sick and injured children in over 380 hospitals and health service centres nationally, the foundation was established over 28 years ago by Paul Francis. Locals, community and business organisations interested in supporting the foundation and their local hospital, either by donating a piece of medical equipment or by making a donation, can go to the website or call 9419 2410.

One of the foundation's fundraising methods is Humpty’s Wish List. Each piece of essential medical equipment that appears on the regularly updated wish list has been requested specifically by the hospital to meet an immediate need.

The foundation’s patrons are TV journalist RayMartin, Olympian JaneFlemming and Wallaby great PhilKearns.

The medical equipment requested is stringently assessed by the foundation’s medical sub-committee comprising  senior medical administrators and clinical specialists. Through annual fundraising initiatives including the Good Egg lunch, Balmoral Burn, City2Surf and the Great Humpty Ball along with the support of generous individual and corporate donors, in 2017 the Humpty Dumpty Foundation gave about 500 pieces of medical equipment to hospitals across Australia.

To date, 383 hospitals across the nation have benefited from equipment donations, specifically to care for children and babies, provided by the foundation and its Good Egg supporters.