Woolworths wall token appeal to benefit Beaudesert Hospital

HELP: Eight-year-old Scenic Rim local Savannah will grace the token wall at Beaudesert Woolworths.
HELP: Eight-year-old Scenic Rim local Savannah will grace the token wall at Beaudesert Woolworths.

BEAUDESERT Woolworths has announced the return of their annual Regional Wall Token appeal in partnership with the Children's Hospital Foundation.

A Woolworths spokeswoman said the campaign would help children like eight-year-old Beaudesert local Savannah, who has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder which renders the collagen in her body defective, resulting in low muscle strength and loose joints, as well as causing gastric problems.

"Shoppers can help Savannah and other children by adding a $2 wall token to their grocery shop from August 21 to September 10," she said.

"All money raised through local Woolworths supermarkets will help the Children's Hospital Foundation support the Beaudesert Hospital by purchasing new rooming-in cribs for newborns."

Children's Hospital Foundation chief executive Rosie Simpson said the Foundation was hoping to exceed the amount raised in 2018 to help provide more support for young patients in care around the state.

"We have the help of almost 250 Woolworths supermarkets across Queensland and northern New South Wales, filled with team members and customers passionate about helping sick kids and their families," Ms Simpson said.

"We raised over $570,000 through our wall token campaign in 2018 and we are hoping to surpass this amount with this year's campaign."

The Children's Hospital Foundation will redirect the funds to 20 hospitals throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales, whose wish lists for equipment and facilities range from therapy and stimulation equipment to specialist cots.

Woolworths Queensland assistant state general manager, Peta Hartley, said that the Woolworths team was geared up and ready to help raise funds for the Foundation again this year.

"Woolworths and our customers have been helping the Children's Hospital Foundation raise funds to support sick children and their families for more than 30 years," Ms Hartley said.

"We're dedicated to helping the Foundation support their young patients and fund equipment for better treatments, and to help every child live a happy, healthy life."

To find out more about the Regional Wall Token campaign visit children.org.au/woolworths.