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 comfort and fun for young patients.
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 has not charged site fees to the Guild which instead issues a cheque for charity.
Cr McCulloch said the Hospitality Cart was the first of its kind in Australian hospitals and provided welcome support for sick children and their families.
"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. This Hospitality Cart is an invaluable addition to the Children's Ward's operations."
North West Hospital and Health Service Board Chairman Paul Woodhouse said the Hospital was delighted with the 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 has been 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."
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