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.


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

Woolworths Easter Tokens 2016

Hop in-store for sick kids

Woolworths supermarkets across Queensland and Northern New South Wales will be raising vital funds this Easter for the Children’s Hospital Foundation through their annual wall token campaign.

The campaign runs until 4 April, with Woolworths staff selling Easter tokens for $2 each. All money raised will go directly to the Children’s Hospital Foundation to support sick kids and their families by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing comfort, entertainment, family support and care programs.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Cameron Prout said the brightly coloured Easter egg wall tokens would begin to decorate stores and encouraged all shoppers to get involved.

“This year marks 30 years of Woolworths raising funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation – it is because of initiatives like the Woolworths Easter wall tokens that we can continue to provide sick children with the best fighting chance to overcome any illness they may face,” he said.

Woolworths staff and customers are encouraged to purchase the tokens and decorate their local store to raise funds for the incredible support needed for children admitted to children’s hospitals each year.

Coot-tha Burn 2016

Cyclists ride to raise funds

Congratulations to the 350 Brisbane Coot-tha Burn riders who took part this month in a day-long series of time trails and races over a testing two-kilometre course up Brisbane’s iconic Mt Coot-tha. As the major charity beneficiary, we received over $107,000 to help support sick kids and their families.

A big thank you to our two Children’s Hospital Foundation teams who crossed the line in 8 minutes 41 seconds and 11 minutes and 6 seconds. Dr Andy Moore and a number of his colleagues rode in our teams on the day.

The event couldn’t have happened without our 50 amazing volunteers – a big thanks to everyone who helped out on the day! Visiting German cycling legend and Tour De France yellow jersey wearer, Jens Voigt toured through our hospital the day before the event. Jens – a father of six – was fantastic with the kids in the hospital school and was amazed at the special things we do for the kids compared to his experiences in children’s hospitals in Germany.


volunteers needed

Calling all volunteers!

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has a really exciting volunteering opportunity coming up in February. It’s at a brand new event called Brisbane Coot-tha Burn which the Foundation is a beneficiary of. This event is set to raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation to help sick kids.

We need 50 volunteers and would be very grateful for your help. Why not get family and friends to volunteer with you?

What is the Brisbane Coot-tha Burn?

Brisbane Coot-tha Burn is a prestigious new cycling event in Brisbane where professional and amateur cyclists climb Mount Coot-tha for their chance to win $40,000 in prizes. Former professional road cyclist and Tour De France yellow jersey winner Jens Voigt is the special guest cyclist at this event. With a full day’s schedule of races, expo and recovery village, this event is going to be huge. For more details visit the Coot-tha Burn website.  

Volunteer role details

Date: Saturday 13 February
Shift times: Course Marshalls

Shift 1: 6.45am – 10.45am

Shift 2: 10.30am – 2.30pm

Shift 3: 2.15pm – 6.15pm


Rider and Baggage Check In

Shift 1: 6.30am – 9.30am

Shift 2: 9.15am – 12.15pm

Shift 3: 12pm – 3pm

Shift 4: 2.45pm – 5.45pm

Please note your start time is when you are signed on and ready to start. Please allow additional time for travel and to move from your car etc.

Role: Course Marshalls

Based on the edge of the race course, you will ensure the course is safe, that spectators don’t enter the track, report any first aid incidents, keep spectators informed during the event etc

Important Notes

·         You must have a mobile phone with you on the day to call in any emergency/first aid incidents

·         Course Marshalls will be standing for the duration of their shift and must be able to walk to and from their position on the course. This can be approximately 500-700m on Mount Coot-tha. Please ensure you are physically able to do this.

·         Course Marshalls are welcome to bring a light fold up camp chair to sit in while on course. However, you must be able to carry this with you.

Rider and Baggage Check In

Assist Event Managers to check in riders, issue them with race packs and store their baggage in the cloak room.

No of volunteers: Course Marshalls

15-20 per shift

Rider and Baggage Check In

1 per shift

Volunteer briefing: A full volunteer briefing will be held at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital on Thursday 4th February from 6pm – 6.45pm.

It is preferred that you attend this briefing so that you are fully aware of your role on the day, get your t-shirt etc.

Transport: There is no public transport to Mt Coot-tha. Volunteer/staff car parks will be provided onsite, or you will need to arrange a lift.
Uniform: Shorts or jeans

Comfortable closed in shoes ie trainers suitable for walking and standing in

You will be given a Coot-tha Burn shirt at the briefing which you can keep

Hat and own sunscreen

Catering: Water will be provided.
Friend/families: Yes your friends or family can volunteer with you. They must be over the age of 18 and meet the above requirements.


Please ask them to email us with the above details.

How to volunteer

If you are able to help out please email us with the following details:


Preferred shift:


Shirt size:

Emergency contact details:

If you have any questions please email

Coot-tha Burn 2016 - Jens Voight

Join us for the Brisbane Coot-tha Burn

Join the Children’s Hospital Foundation team on Saturday 13 February 2016 as a rider and climb Mount Coot-tha for the inaugural Brisbane Coot-tha Burn.

With very special guests including world-famous road bicycle racer Jens Voigt (Jensie), a great festival atmosphere and a challenging mountain to climb, you won’t want to miss this great day out.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to be an official charity of the event and by participating and fundraising, you’ll be helping sick kids and their families.

Registrations are now open and there are different categories to suit everyone – whether you’re a pro, amateur or just looking for fun and to support sick kids through novelty events.

The first 50 Brisbane Coot-tha Burn cyclists who raise $1,500 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a priceless invitation to ride with Jensie on the morning of 13 February 2016, followed by breakfast with him on the mountain.

Visit to learn more or contact Sonja Wallis on to join the Children’s Hospital Foundation team.