About the Foundation
BDCU Children’s Foundation
Since its inception, the Foundation has won a high level of community support, including significant personal, business and community donations.
We are enormously grateful to residents of the Southern Highlands and Goulburn for supporting the Foundation and its activities through either donations, participation, time, and good wishes. The Foundation is rich in spirit and well-respected for creating awareness of the needs of local families and their children.
You can help improve the health needs of local children by attending our functions or donating at any BDCU Advice Centre. You can be assured that no funds will go into the general administration costs of the hospital. All funds raised by the Foundation will go specifically to the stated objectives.
BDCU Children’s Foundation was formed in 2005 as a Business Community Partnership between BDCU and Wingecarribee residents to support the needs of the Childrens Ward at Bowral Hospital that was in urgent need of refurbishment.
The medical and nursing care is acknowledged as being first rate, however the facilities in the ward for both patients and their families was sadly lacking, including a lack of privacy for sick children, no separation from adult patients and their visitors in the Short Stay Ward and equipment was outdated and scarce. Community surveys returned comments “horrific and archaic” when asked about the facilities.
A committee of interested residents under the joint Presidency of Jennifer Grey and Susie Reynolds provided the original vision. The Committee worked tirelessly raising awareness of the issue; lobbied Government and sought the support of local residents.
Many fundraisers were held and “BDCU Children’s Foundation” was accepted as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) organisation enabling tax deductible donations.
The Community embraced the need and a groundswell of support rallied behind the Committee and over the years raised $400,000 to be utilized to purchase equipment that would not otherwise have been available.
In late 2008 after much lobbying, the NSW State Government provided $3 million to refit the internal ward which was finally completed in late 2009 and opened by the Minister for Health the following year. The result is a modern, light, well equipped facility that has made the experience for patients and their families more comfortable. The Committee has subsequently determined that the equipment needs of the ward should be maintained and equipment replaced and provided as required by the clinical staff.
The Committee is now in the process of addressing the mental health needs of children and adolescents between the ages of 0 – 18 years of age and scoping the needs to support the efforts of education and professional help.
An initial Forum “Reflections” dealing with Body Image, jointly sponsored and funded by the Foundation in conjunction with Berrima District Rotary Club, was held in August 2012.
“The Foundation is a Business Community Partnership with BDCU Alliance Bank offering a unique service to the community . It is only with the support of individuals and business to its banking services that it can maintain the very large financial contribution that it makes to the whole community to ensure that it is a better place tomorrow than it is today”
What are the aims of the Foundation?
To provide and maintain equipment and furnishings for Bowral and District Hospital’s childrens ward for the comfort of patients and their families. Presently we fund a Mental Health Nurse role who was appointed in July 2014 to act as a referral source within the community and as an educator for Youth Mental Health, based at Bowral Hospital.
We were successful in providing funds to the Bowral and District Hospital for the administration of a Family Support Paediatric Outreach Programme for four years, which SWSAH now continue. The Clinical Outreach Nurse position is funded now for one day per week enabling children to receive care at home, and pre or post hospitalization in what is considered to be a unique local hospital service. Further fundraising activities are planned to generate funds for the stated objectives and the community is encouraged to participate in these fun and worthwhile activities.
The Committee would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in working on the Committee to further its aims.
Donations may be made direct to “BDCU Childrens Foundation” and a receipt will be issued for Tax Deductibility.