Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Community Thanked For New $3.4 Million Paediatric Wing At Peel Health Campus
Victor P Taffa
Sick children in the Peel region will benefit from a new $3.4 Million Paediatric Wing at Peel Health Campus which was significantly paid for by the Local Community.
Health Minister Kim Hames today opened the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Paediatric Wing, saying it was one of the first hospital wings donated to any State Government in Australia.
A five-year-long community fundraising effort by the Peel Health Campus Foundation raised the funds. The State Government contributed $810,000 towards the wing.
“I have been absolutely blown away by the efforts of the Peel Health Campus Foundation.” Dr. Hames said.
“For five years they have secured big personal donations and run events such as charity golf days, raffles, movie evenings, craft markets and even a karate kick-a-thon to raise money.”
“I have been involved in many of these fundraising activities which have ultimately paid for this new, specially-built facility.”
“At every event the commitment of the community to the health of children in the Peel Region has been the driving force.” Dr. Hames said.
The Minister said the purpose-built 12-bed facility would cater for children from post-natal to mid-teens.
The beds, funded by four key sponsors, have been distributed between four single-bed rooms and four two-bed rooms.
“We also have included a family room which has a divan-type chair/bed so that parents can sleep at the hospital with their children.” Dr. Hames said.
“This room has been sponsored by Ronald McDonald House which has a strong history of supporting the families of children who fall ill.”
Other features include children’s play-room and outdoor activity area with equipment for the four to 10-year-old group.
“I am very humbled to see the work of the local community and congratulate Peel Health Campus Foundation chair, Arthur Marshall, and all the event organisers for their years of dedication.” the Minister said.
“This is truly a remarkable achievement which will make a real difference to the health of children in this region.”