Central Gippsland Health (CGH) has partnered with the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) to host one of its major fundraisers to help newborn babies born at Sale Hospital.

A Ladies High Tea will be held on Friday 9 August to help raise much needed funds for a transportable ultrasound machine.

This traditional ‘five star’ high tea at The Vines on Avon in Maffra will feature three-tiered étagères offering sandwiches, savouries, sweet treats and tea served in fine china.

The event will be hosted by local author and podcaster, Kerryn Vaughan, who is also the founder of not-for-profit One Planet Classrooms, co-founder of Girls With Hammers, and creator of Get Off The Bench. Guest speaker for the day is elite netballer, Lara Dunkley, who hails from Yarram.

A silent auction on the day will offer autographed books by authors including Bryce Courtenay, Peter Garret, Les Murray and Ita Buttrose. A feature artwork offered for auction by internationally recognised artist, Lyn Diefenbach, is valued at over $3,000.

Since its establishment in Sale in July 2019, CGH Chief Executive Officer, Mark Dykgraaf, said the NICF had worked closely with CGH to support Sale Hospital’s Maternity Unit and Special Care Nursery.

“The NICF has so far raised over $220,000 for CGH that has provided important medical equipment including lactation aids, cot nests, knitted and cotton newborn clothes, phototherapy blanket, four recliner chairs, a Rescusitaire and an Isolette humidicrib,” he explained.

NICF Founder, Peter Cursley, said thanks to generous contributions from local communities, the NICF ensured the women giving birth at Sale Hospital would feel more supported and as comfortable as possible.

“Our goal is to help the Maternity Unit and Special Care Nursery at Sale Hospital to be one of the best equipped regional services of its kind in Victoria,” he said.



For more information contact Tracy VanderZalm of Wordwise Communications on 0447 491 345.


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