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Donation to Support Young Patients at Children’s Ward


Mount Isa City Council and the Showman’s Guild of Australasia have ensured the new Hospitality Cart at Mount Isa Hospital’s Children’s Ward will continue to provide fun for young patients and comfort for their parents for many months to come.


On Thursday, September 26, Mayor Joyce McCulloch presented a cheque for $3400 to Ronald McDonald House Charities at the Mount Isa Hospital.


Since the inclusion of the Showman’s Guild of Australasia at the Isa Street Festival in 2018, Council have made the decision not to charge site fees to the Guild. Because of this, the Guild chooses to issue a cheque to Council, with Council choosing to donate the cheque to charity.


Cr McCulloch said the Hospitality Cart – the first of its kind in Australian hospitals – was a great concept that provides very welcome and practical support and comfort for the region’s sick children and their families, and Council is extremely pleased to be supporting the brand-new program.


“The cart offers a variety of books, toys and craft activities to help alleviate boredom during sometimes very long hospital stays, as well as toiletries and comfort items for their parents as they accompany their children while they’re in hospital, and even healthy snacks,” Cr McCulloch said.


“I thank the Showman’s Guild of Australasia for their very generous donation towards an extremely worthy cause.


“This Hospitality Cart is an invaluable addition to the Children’s Ward’s operations and Council is proud to be supporting such a wonderful local initiative.”


North West Hospital and Health Service Board Chairman Paul Woodhouse said the Hospital was very grateful for the generous donation.


“Mount Isa Hospital are grateful to receive generous donations on a regular basis from Council and are always appreciative of any extra funding for the Children’s Ward,” Mr Woodhouse said.


“The cart has only been in use for a matter of weeks, but we know it’s been very popular with patients and parents alike.


“Some of our paediatric patients in Mount Isa face long hospital stays, with conditions like rheumatic heart disease, and often they’re from remote communities such as Doomadgee and Mornington Island, so they’re away from family and friends as well.


“This cart is a pilot project and the first of its kind in Australia. Ronald McDonald House Charities selected Mount Isa Hospital for the project as part of their commitment to help close the gap through their cultural inclusiveness program.


“They have assured us the money will be spent on stocking the cart over the following months and years.


“The Mayor and Mount Isa City Council have been consistently generous in their donations for the care of our most vulnerable and precious patients.”