Lismore Base Hospital patient Harry Shalders, 3, of Wollongbar, enjoys the attention from nurse unit manager Kerry Byrnes, left
Lismore Base Hospital patient Harry Shalders, 3, of Wollongbar, enjoys the attention from nurse unit manager Kerry Byrnes, left

Base children?s ward comes of age



BETH TREVAN returned to the Lismore Base Hospital children's ward for the first time in years yesterday.

She single-handedly co-ordinated a fundraising effort that saw the community pay to build the unit 21 years ago.

Walking into the ward yesterday Mrs Trevan was reminded of the hard work by locals in 1979 to raise $316,000 in six months to get the unit off the ground.

In 1984 the state-of-the-art ward was completed and $100,000 was set aside for the Northern Rivers Children's Health Fund, now known as the Our Kids organisation, to support sick kids in the community.

"Every kind of fundraiser or event you can think of was organised by the community to raise the $250,000 we needed for the ward," she said.

"I think I attended 243 functions in the six months."

Mrs Trevan said the community was proud of its children's ward, and everyone is welcome to celebrate its coming of age at Sunday's family day, to be held at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, from 10am.

Patients, both young and old, of the ward are invited to add to a mural that will be hung in the ward, and sick teddy bears will have a 'bill of health check' at the Cuddles Emergency Unit.

Lismore's Australian Idol finalist Ngaiire Joseph will perform at 2pm, and a giant birthday cake, baked by Tanya's Cakes, will be cut at noon, with enough for everyone to have a slice.

For information call Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista on 6620 2705.



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