Show Your Support

There are lots of ways that you can pass on the power of a healing hug to all of the sick babies and toddlers in our five Children's Hospitals around the country.

Donate a hug

Through the Huggies® Hugs for Healing initiative, for every hug received via a photo or a physical hug of the Huggies beating hug, Huggies® will donate $1 to Children’s Hospital up to the total of $140,000. Funds raised through your donation will help to provide essential support and care to help heal sick babies & toddler in each of the five Children's Hospitals. You can further help by donating.

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For example:

for as little as $5 your donation could buy 250ml of bubbles for Play Therapists to use to distract babies and young children waiting in Emergency.

could buy a Craft Activity Pack used to entertain and distract young children while waiting in Emergency.

could be used to purchase Toddler Crutches – used for toddlers or young children who require assistance with walking due to surgery, broken bones or rehabilitation.

could fund a "Buzzy", a small device that looks like a toy bee which utilises vibration and cold sensations to reduce pain sensations associated with needle procedures.

could fund the cost of a Parent Care Package for the parents of children in Intensive Care (ICU) who have little or no time to pack a bag with essentials before they arrive at the hospital.

could fund a Oxygen Flow Meter used to deliver oxygen in the correct amounts to new born babies or young patients.

could purchase a Suture Set, a fine set of instruments used by doctors and nurses, which allows a variety of stitches to be done on small children.

could buy an Activity Play Panel to help distract children who are waiting to undergo medical procedures.

could fund the purchase of Toys and Equipment for the Play Therapy departments, who not only brighten the lives of sick children but significantly reduce the negative effects of hospitalisation for the child and family.

could fund Nurse Training and Education, a high priority for our hospitals to maintain the training and education of nurses which will enable the life saving work our nurses perform.

could fund a fellow in their final year of paediatric training for one week to treat patients and conduct vital medical research.

could cover the cost of Care for one child in ICU for one day. This support is critical in ensuring the ICU can continue to provide the best care for a child with basic or complex conditions as well as provide specialised equipment needed for one-to-one care.

Upon making a donation to Children’s Hospitals, you will receive a Tax Deductible receipt. *Only donations of $2 or more are Tax Deductible.

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Share your story

Through the great work of each of our children's hospital, and critical equipment donated by the Huggies® Hugs for Healing initiative during 2013, all of the beautiful babies below are back to their happy, smiling selves. Click on an image below to read their story

 
Nathaniel Molly Amber Evelyn  

If you have a story you'd like to share, we would love to hear it. Please tell us your story here.

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Volunteer at your nearest Children's Hospital

Each Children's Hospitals partner hospital always looks for dedicated and passionate individuals and groups to assist the hospital staff and patient families.

Volunteering occurs year around within the hospitals and can include: cleaning toys, putting play packs together, giving relief time to mum's and dad's, playing, reading and nursing children. The Huggies® Team recently volunteered in the outpatient clinic at the Sydney Children's Hospital. Read more and see some pictures from the day here.

Contact your nearest partner hospital directly to nominate times and days when you would like to volunteer.

Please note: The hospitals require each person volunteering on premise to be authorized and they will conduct police checks and working with children registration. Some hospitals will also require a training session to be completed prior to starting.

Children’s Hospital Foundation QLD
Contact: Nicole Pearson    P: (07) 3852 1199
E: nicolep@workingwonders.com.au

Princess Margaret Hospital WA
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator    P: (08) 9340 8716
E: anne.smith@pmhfoundation.com

Sydney Children’s Hospital NSW
Contact: Jenni Corbett, Community Liaison Officer    P: (02) 9382 3570
E: jenni.corbett@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Royal Children’s Hospital VIC
Contact: Royal Children’s Hospital Volunteer service    P:(03) 9345 5880
E: volunteer.service@rch.org.au

Women’s & Children’s Hospital SA
Contact: Sandy Keane    P: (08) 8161 8348
E: sandy.keane@health.sa.gov.au

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Donate Books or Toys

Each Children's Hospitals partner hospital warmly accepts donations of toys and books from the community year-round. It's all too easy for homes to become filled with your child's toys – they get so many presents for birthdays and Christmas that you may find they have two, or even three of a particular toy. If you have toys that your children no longer need and have never used before, you can donate them to one of the Children's Hospitals, and in doing so will help to brighten the life of a sick child.

If you wish to make a donation, please contact your nearest Children's Hospitals Foundations Australia partner hospital:
NSW: (02) 9382 1111
VIC: (03) 9345 5522
QLD: (07) 3636 3777
SA: (08) 8161 7000
WA: (08) 9340 8222

Please note: Donated toys should be brand new and not used before, and need to be sent in their original packaging. For hygiene and infection control reasons, the best toys are those which are made of plastic or wood.

Toy Donation suggestions

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  • Baby toys: Activity, Light-up and/or Musical Toys, Rattles, small Hand Toys, Stacking Rings
  • Toddler Toys: Wooden Puzzles, simple Stacking Blocks, Toy Cash Register/ Kitchen/ Tools for role play
  • Pre school and school aged: Doll house Furniture and People, Action Figures, Super Heroes, Lego, and small wooden or plastic Activity Sets

Book and DVDs Donation suggestions

books
  • Baby book suggestions: Books: Soft vinyl, Hard cardboard, Musical
  • Toddler Book suggestions: Books: Pop-up, Musical, Popular Characters
  • Pre school book suggestions: Colouring, or Word Search
  • Age appropriate, content appropriate and “G” or “PG” ratings only DVDs
  • DVD’s are great for Toddlers, Preschool and Primary school children

New toys that aren’t suitable for donation:

  • Big metal trucks or toys
  • Any toy that may pose a potential safety/choking hazard
  • No used plush animals
  • Toys stuffed with foam or beans
  • Items that have a strong odour
  • Items with marbles or magnetic pieces
  • Toys with removable parts (button eyes) that could be removed, swallowed or inhaled
  • Toys made of glass
  • Fragile toys that can break into small pieces with sharp edges
  • Toy guns or other violent toys

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Other ways to get involved

Each of the children's hospitals also runs other events throughout the year that you can either volunteer at, or participate in. See the table below for a list of events by hospital.

Hospital Month Event Type Volunteer or Participate
Children's Hospital Foundation QLD 
Everest Virtual Challenge TBC Corporate Challenge event  Participate
B105 Appeal December Various events/ activities  Volunteer
K's 4 Country Kids bike ride August Challenge w/ Fundraising  Participate
Kids Christmas Appeal December Fundraising  Volunteer
Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation WA
Annual Bear by Night Gala Ball March  Dinner event w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
Absail for PMH November Challenge event  Participate
Wear A Bear Month May Various events/ activities & Fundraising  Volunteer
John Hughes Big Walk November  Challenge event  Participate
Royal Children's Hospital Foundation VIC 
Good Friday Appeal  April, Good Friday Call centre, various events and activities locally Volunteer
Cuppa for Kids All year around Host your own event  Participate
Run for the Kids March  Challenge Event  Participate
Opera in the Roses October/November NICU Participate
Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation NSW 
Silver Party February Cocktail Party w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
Gold Dinner June Sit down dinner w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
Pedal for Kids May Challenge event  Participate
Gold Week Telethon events May/June Dinners/ lunches w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
Diamond Event August Cocktail Party w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
Amber Affair October Boutique Beer tasting event w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
SunSCHine Lunch (small)  August Cocktail Party w/ Fundraising  Volunteer
Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation SA 
Night of lights Gala Ball  December Dinner with fundraising Volunteer
Carols by Candlelight  December
Volunteer
WCHF Mothers May Luncheon May Lunch with fundraising Participate
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