Raising funds for equipment for Emergency
Area: Eastern suburbs
The story so far
CasKids was formerly the Nunawading Auxiliary of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). It was formed in 1967 and renamed in 1995 to CasKids which actually sponsors the Emergency and Casualty Department of the hospital.
There are 13 women in our group. Three of us have been together for 42 years this year and, of course, this year we turned 46 years old! From 1973 when we decided to fund equipment for various departments in the hospital, we have raised $271,607 and have $95,000 in the RCH Trust Account which will soon be spent in a Mediawall Interactive Screen for the Emergency Department. This will make a huge difference to the children and adolescents who are waiting for treatment.
The best thing about belonging to a group of volunteers, who are committed to a cause, is that you ‘grow’ together as you travel on your journey. In the time we have spent together we have experienced the birth of our children, and sadly the loss of precious children. Through all of this we have remained a strong group of supportive friends who look forward to seeing each other each month to meet or hold a fundraiser. The friendships formed along the way are life-long. Over the past 15 years we have included our husbands or partners in our fundraising ventures so that once again new friendships have formed which makes getting together a real pleasure.
We have held stalls, sausage sizzles, fashion parades, dutch auctions, Tupperware, Oasis Homewares, postie and other party plan presentations and of course spent some wonderful times at the Annual General Meetings in at the hospital hearing the doctors or nurses or specialists from various departments talk about their work at the hospital. Very motivating stuff!
Over the past years we have continued to sell the tote bags which are generated through the hospital in a multitude of colors and they have been wonderfully successful. We see them everywhere – even overseas!
We have been supporting the Young People’s Health Service which is part of the Department of Adolescent Health (attached to the Emergency Department) for the past eight years. We help them with donations of toiletries and underwear and socks for the disadvantaged and homeless youth.
We acknowledge the fantastic support of “Linen House” who has been helping and supporting us for the past 22 years through our stalls. We are extremely grateful to them.
What we are working on
As we have said, CasKids is currently purchasing a Mediawall Interactive Screen for the Emergency Department and so we have been holding monthly stalls in at the RCH and also three external stalls a year at Tunstall Square Donvale run by the Donvale Rotarians. We also attend the Paddy’s, Andy’s and Winter Market stalls in Main Street at the RCH ... CasKids is known for its terrific bargains in manchester, cushions and doona covers.
If you are looking to join an active Auxiliary and are young at heart, please contact CasKids and they would love to talk to you about the positive effects of volunteering. Alternatively if you are interested in helping out with a stall or attending one of our functions then please call CasKids Secretary Robyn Anderson. Robyn Anderson is also the President of Auxiliaries of the Royal Children’s Hospital and was appointed in April 2013. Please feel free to contact Robyn if you are interested in other aspects of The Royal Children’s Hospital Auxiliaries.
President: Bev Baltissen
Secretary: Robyn Anderson
Treasurer: Denise Mudie
0421 059 727