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92.7 MIX FM raises half a million for Sunshine Coast kids

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92.7 MIX FM raises half a million for Sunshine Coast kids

The Sunshine Coast community have opened their hearts and their pockets to ensure kids in need will not go without in their region.

The 92.7 Mix FM team have raised another outstanding amount of $531,033 in this year’s Give Me 5 campaign. Totalled up over two  decades, Give Me 5 has raised more than $6 million for sick kids on the Sunshine Coast.

92.7 Mix FM’s radio personalities Mark Darin and Caroline Hutchinson, along with Todd Widdicombe, Sami Muirhead and Lyndon Smith worked tirelessly for the entire month of June co-ordinating and publicising over 35 individual fundraising events.

Mark Darin, 92.7Mix FM breakfast announcer says: “The focus on teen mental health seemed to really resonate with people.  The money we have raised will hopefully make a difference to families facing that challenge. As a community, we cannot solve their issues, but we can help.” Mr Darin’s co-host Caroline Hutchinson adds: “Half a million dollars is extraordinary in one month. To every person who donated a prize, bought a ticket, or came to an event, thank you so much for trusting us with your money.”

A large focus of Give Me 5 over the years has been on supporting adolescents relying on hospital services, and now, with mental health issues escalating since the pandemic, we’re taking that support to a whole new level.

Funds raised in 2021 will establish Resilient Parent Support Groups and Youth Advisory Groups, that will eventually form part of the activities of Wishlist Centre, an accommodation and patient support centre being built by Wishlist to open next year opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The groups will help pave the way forward for better hospital and community support of our young patients, their parents, and their siblings.

2021 92.7 MIX FM’s Give Me 5 Wish List:

  • Parental Support and Youth Advisory Group program to support young adults and provide a circle-of-care for mental health patients. The program has the potential to work in collaboration with Wishlist Centre. Total project cost – $218,000
  • Interactive Play Area in the Extended Day Surgery Unit to enhance the care and decrease anxiety of children undergoing surgery. Total project cost $20,000
  • Giraffe Star Neonatal Resuscitation System which combines all crucial features to resuscitate infants in an emergency situation. Cost: $31,087
  • Distractive therapy resources across local emergency departments to ensure a child-friendly setting, for example virtual reality tools like the Smileyscope. Cost: $35,000
  • Portable Ultrasound for Maternity Outreach Services, which will alleviate the need for women in regional areas to visit a hospital for concerns about their baby’s movement, or heartbeat. Cost: $28,658
  • Radiometer Arterial Blood Gas Analyser Flex 90 Plus to improve the accuracy of blood analysis for at-risk newborns requiring blood glucose screening. Cost: $7,500
  • Ongoing funding for the local Clown Doctors service, Calm Fairy and Delta therapy dog program
  • Wishlist Centre accommodation facility for patients and their families needing ongoing treatment.

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