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Mayor's Spring Charity raises more than $15k for Special Care Nursery

More than 260 people turned out to support the Mayor’s Spring Charity Evening last month with a whopping $15,726.00 raised from the event.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the money will be used to purchase vital equipment for the Special care Nursery at the Mount Isa Hospital.

“I’m delighted to raise awareness and funds for the communities littlest and most vulnerable – the babies of the special care nursery at our hospital. By raising funds to purchase equipment, it means that babies requiring additional care following birth can receive it here in their own community, families can be kept together, and this is vitally important when families are facing these stressful situations,” Cr McCulloch said.

“Events like these and the support of the community donations make the journey easier for all children and their families in Mount Isa who are touched by sickness and tragedy.”

The evening was attended by many members of the community and entertainers including the wonderful Kate Hartley and Marae Staples, Bandana, MICE Strings, Ladies Ensemble and numerous community members who made generous donations including Andrew and Rebecca Newman, Jay Morris, Phil Barwick, our valued platinum and silver sponsors, and Zonta volunteers.

Hospital Board Chair Paul Woodhouse said the funds raised by the event would make a huge difference to the lives of many.

 “The extra equipment will extend the capacity of our special Care Nursery and enable our premature babies and those needing special care, to be treated closer to home in Mount Isa Hospital rather than being flown out to Townsville or Brisbane,” Mr Woodhouse said.

“This will make a huge difference to families in the North West and we are very grateful to the Mayor of Mount Isa and to everyone who attended the Spring Charity event on Saturday night.” "We are also grateful to those who dug deep in support of all the little ones who need our help in beginning their lives.”

Celebrity MC Shane Jacobson was delighted with the community spirit of Mount Isa and said he was delighted to get out to Mount Isa and meet the wonderful people of the community.

“You start to meet the real people out here, and I know you guys face challenges living in a remote city, so being able to purchase additional equipment means less travel time for your families,” Mr Jacobson said.

“As a father of four kids it’s pretty easy to understand how important that is.”

The funds raised totalling $15,726.00 from the event will be used by the Mount Isa Hospital to purchase equipment for the Special care Nursery including a Giraffe OmniBed Carestation, Giraffe Blue Spot PT Lite, and a Philips TC70 Cardiograph.