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Children set to benefit from charity bike run

Lisa Tyler with daughter Jemma, Ann Schefe(Director of Nursing), Trevor Shearn and Leone Crayden with recovering baby Layla Fairchild(front). Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News
Lisa Tyler with daughter Jemma, Ann Schefe(Director of Nursing), Trevor Shearn and Leone Crayden with recovering baby Layla Fairchild(front). Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

THE Tweed Hospital's pediatric unit and the Tweed Childhood Early Intervention service received a welcome financial boost today when representatives from On Track Community Programs visited to present funds raised at last year's inaugural On Track Toy and Charity Bike Run.

The successful event, held on December 9 last year, raised funds and toys for people in the Tweed and Gold Coast who are living with disability, mental illness, sickness and homelessness.

The toys were distributed to kids in need just before Christmas last year and today the money collected during the charity event were handed to Tweed hospital's paediatric unit and the Early Intervention Service.

On Track Community Programs CEO Leone Crayden said her company depended on charitable contributions and to be able to hand out donations to other charities was a real pleasure.

"We just want to spread some joy to the kids who need it most," Ms Crayden said.

"It's great the help comes from one charity to another."

Tweed hospital director of nursing Anne Schefe said the $500 donated was very welcome and would probably be used to acquire equipment used daily on the ward.

"The money will probably be used to buy such things as digital thermometers and pulse oximeters which allow us to monitor kids' pulse rates," Ms Shefe said.

Early Intervention Service director Judith Terkelsen, who was presented with a cheque for $1000, said the funds were very welcome.

"As a not-for-profit community organisation we rely on contributions from the community and On Track has shown great support which will allow the service to provide the vital help our parents and children need," Ms Terkelsen said.

Topics:  charity bike run, on track community programs, tweed hospital


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