Mareeba gift makes a difference


PARENTS of sick children in Mareeba Hospital will be able to rest a little easier, thanks to Savannah Lifestyle Resorts.
The over 50s lifestyle resort initiated the $15,500 donation of four parent beds, through the Mareeba Friends of the Foundation.
Mareeba Friends chair Ida Portella said she was thrilled when local management of Savannah Lifestyle Resorts approached her.
“This is essentially a local business supporting the local community and we’re thrilled that they recognise the benefit of supporting their local hospital,” Ms Portella said.
“In Mareeba, the business community is very, very generous towards the local hospital and for this we are eternally grateful,” she said.
On hand to witness the donation, were nationally-recognised celebrities Ray Martin and Warren Mundine.
The pair are part of Savannah Lifestyle Resorts official Clubhouse opening, and kindly donated their time to the worthy cause by presenting the cheque on behalf of Savannah Lifestyle Resorts.
Savannah Lifestyle Resorts general manager Lisa Hohns said she knew the Mareeba Hospital was in need of the Washington-style beds for the children’s ward.
“As we are part of the Mareeba community, we want to keep our donations local,” Ms Hohns said.
Mareeba Hospital Director of Nursing and Midwifery Vickye Coffey said it was a wonderful gift and a very generous donation.
“We are extremely grateful for such generosity. This is such a luxury, having the donated four single chairs that convert to sofa portable beds. It enables the parents of sick children to stay at the bedside to provide comfort and stability overnight and during the day,” Ms Coffey said.
“The lounge chairs are roomy and comfortable, so this guarantees a parent can get a good nights’s sleep and be involved in all aspects of care and decision making, as they can be beside their child 24/7,” she said.
Foundation CEO Tony Franz said he was delighted with the generous donation from Savannah Lifestyle Resorts, which would go a long way towards improving the quality of health care at Mareeba Hospital.

Photos: Ray Martin checks the pulse of Warren Mundine, watched on by staff of Mareeba Hospital, Savannah Lifestyle Resorts, and the Mareeba Friends of the Foundation.
Above: Warren Mundine, Ray Martin and Mareeba Hospital staff chat with Kay-Ellen Jones regarding her new son Braxton Brunjes.


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