Christchurch Hospital’s Children’s Ward receives $43,000 donation

Tuesday July 16, 2013

Christchurch Hospital’s children’s ward has received $43,200 thanks to The Warehouse Canterbury Stores, following the stores’ two week add-a-dollar campaign.
The campaign involved 12 stores asking customers at the checkout whether they would like to add a dollar to their total purchase to go to the children’s ward.
Anne Morgan, service manager for Child Health at Christchurch Hospital, says she was thrilled to find out the children’s ward would be receiving the donation.
“The first thing to be purchased with the funds raised is going to be the special pyjamas the children wear when they go into theatre and the video on the Christchurch Hospital’s website, which helps explain to children about going to theatre is now able to be updated,” Anne says.
“The money raised will hugely improve the time children spend in the hospital.
The final amount completely surpassed our initial thoughts so we will now be able to afford even more items such as play with a purpose packs which provide a welcome distraction for the children.”
Mark Yagmich, The Warehouse Regional Manager, says the stores chose the children’s ward as the lucky recipient as they are a great asset to the Canterbury region making health care available for children and families closer to home.
“The Warehouse is committed to supporting families and young people and so we are really happy to be able to help provide the children’s ward with not only necessities but also extras to help their patients during difficult times,” Mr Yagmich says.
While the add-a-dollar campaign was in progress, many team members, including The Warehouse Kiwi, visited the ward, he says. 
“It was great for team members to visit the ward to see exactly where our customers support was going. The work the children’s ward does is outstanding, so for us to help out where we can is really fantastic,” Mr Yagmich says.
The Warehouse is well known for its community involvement. Over the past 30 years the company has raised over $20 million dollars to support Kiwi community organisations and its commitment is such that Community and Environment is one of the key focuses of its overall business.
Stores involved in the add-a-dollar campaign include Ashburton, Barrington, Belfast, Eastgate, Greymouth, Hornby, Northlands, Rangiora, Riccarton, Rolleston, South City and Timaru.
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