Bike4Burns 2016

Bike4Burns riders raise $86,000 for sick kids

Congratulations to more than 100 New South Wales and Queensland firefighters who cycled from Berowa, New South Wales to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane to raise vital funds for burns and trauma research.

One of the riders, Nicole, knows first hand the devastating impact burns can have on the lives of young children and their families

In 2013, Nicole, Russell and their two young children Jack and Camryn, set off for Stradbroke Island for a camping trip with some other families. It was the family’s first camping trip and their first holiday for the year.

After they set up their tents, Nicole took Camryn down to the water for a swim. On their way back, Nicole stopped to talk to a friend while watching Camryn walk towards her Dad at their campsite.

All of a sudden, Camryn was screaming. Camryn was just two years old when she walked over a campfire that had been covered with sand and not properly extinguished.

“It was a scream that will haunt me forever. I felt the heat and looked down at her feet horrified – they were white.” Nicole said. “I rushed her into the surf and called for help. Thankfully Camryn was put into the capable hands of doctors and medical teams who truly understand the lifelong trauma that burns can cause.”

Camryn was off her feet for five weeks. Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Paediatric Surgeon, Professor Roy Kimble and his team worked hard to help skin drafts fuse to Camryn’s skin and reduce her pain.

As part of Camryn’s ongoing treatment, she had to wear a compression bandage for two years, 24 hours per day.

Brave Camryn was able to return home, but like many children with severe burns, her treatment has continued – and will continue – for many years.

This year marked the tenth anniversary ride of Bike4Burns, which has raised over $86,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation to continue vital funding for burns and trauma research.

Lucas, 2 years, kidney disease

Kidney Health Week 22-28 May

At a 20-week ultrasound, doctors detected an abnormality with baby Lucas’ kidneys. The extent of his condition wouldn’t be fully diagnosed until he was five days old.

Lucas was born with bilateral cystic dysplastic kidneys, which means both of his kidneys were undersized, full of cysts and not functioning. He spent the first 16 days of his life fighting for survival, but continued to amaze doctors and nurses with his determination.

At just two years old, Lucas received a lifesaving kidney transplant from his grandmother, which was the first kidney transplant performed at the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Today, Lucas is three years old and is a happy boy who loves playing with his superhero toys as well as dressing up. His mum says he has an incredible imagination, who is thriving and overall in very good health. Lucas still has problems eating but is improving every day.

Kidney Health Week (22-28 May) is a national event aimed at creating awareness about kidney disease and its impact, especially on young children like Lucas.

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Beware of campfire burns this Easter

Over the past three years, more than 160 children have been burned by coals or campfires. Easter school holidays are here, and while there is nothing better than exploring Australia’s natural beauty, here’s five great tips to keep in mind before you begin your next adventure:

  1. Always check the weather forecast before heading off on an outdoor adventure so you know exactly what to pack. A first aid kit, thermal blanket, appropriate sleeping equipment, ample water and navigational devices are important for longer journeys.
  2. If bushwalking, always go in pairs and let someone know where you plan to trek to and the approximate time you will return. Don’t head out if the weather is nasty.
  3. Know your holiday address, beach access or GPS coordinates in case you require emergency assistance.
  4. Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance in an emergency.
  5. If you and your family light a campfire, make sure someone is keeping constant watch of it and always extinguish the fire with water.

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Bakers Delight Bundraiser

Tasty Bundraiser to bring in dough

Buy your hot cross buns from Bakers Delight bakers and help them raise more than $8000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation during ‘Bundraiser Day’ on Saturday, 5 March.

More than 48,000 hot cross buns will be baked and $1 from every six-pack of hot cross buns sold will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation to support patient entertainment at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Patient entertainment aids healing and makes traumatic and sometimes long-term stays in hospital more bearable for sick kids and their families. The Children’s Hospital Foundation supports sick kids and their families when they are in hospital by offering a range of programs and activities including bedside play and pet therapy that provide welcome distractions and entertainment for all.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Cameron Prout said, “When kids are sick or injured, it turns their whole world upside down. Every sick child deserves a happy, healthy life and with the support of Bakers Delight and their customers, the wonders will never cease and the care will never stop.”

Harry Proskefalas, Bakers Delight Regional Manager Queensland added “Every year we are humbled by the generosity and charitable spirit of our customers who come out in support of Bundraiser Day and I’m sure this year will be our best yet. Easter is by far our busiest time of the year, so it’s a great opportunity to give back to the hospital and make a difference to the lives of children in our local community. We encourage all our customers to make their hot cross bun purchase count on Saturday, 5 March.”

For 36 years Bakers Delight bakers have been baking fresh hot cross buns from scratch, each day in the lead up to Easter.

To locate your local Bakers Delight and for more information visit www.bakersdelight.com.au.