Community fundraiser ‘Collab for a Cause’ already making a big impact on our littlest patients
The second ‘Collab for a Cause’ event was a huge success and raised over $70,000!
‘Collab for a Cause’ is a night full of food and fundraising organised by Shannon and Nicole Fleming and the wonderful team at Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills.
The Fleming family
Shannon is the Head Chef at Lot 100 and has lived experience at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, spending nearly 100 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with his wife and twin girls Isla and Eloise. Heartbreakingly, Isla passed away at four weeks of age after heart surgery.
Shannon and Nicole say, “No one knows what NICU is until you need NICU. NICU makes families and without them, we wouldn’t have the family we have now.”
Some of the nursing staff who cared for Isla and Eloise attended the Collab for a Cause event, showing their support for Shannon, Nicole and families like theirs.
‘Collab for a Cause’ making a big impact
The funds raised have been used to purchase a micro-preemie simulation doll and two monitoring systems to be installed in the isolation rooms supporting NICU and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).
The mannequin will be a valuable asset to the delivery of nursery education and to developing staff confidence and skills in neonatal nursing.
The mannequin will be the same size and weight as a 25-week gestation infant and will greatly assist in developing clinical skills and confidence in nursing staff who are learning how to provide resuscitation to very sick, small and fragile infants in a safe learning environment.
The monitoring screens will enable staff to interact with the monitoring systems within those rooms, without needing to physically enter the patient’s room, eliminating the unnecessary risk of infection.
These wall-mounted monitors will display patient physiological data, giving the clinician full capability as if they were at the bedside without any risk to patient safety.
We would like to say a huge thank you to guest chefs, Will Doak from Lost Phoenix Farm, Emma Shearer from The Lost Loaf, Kane Pollard from Topiary, Darren Robertson from Three Blue Ducks and all of the amazing Lot 100 staff who volunteered their time to make this incredible event possible.
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