TLC for Kids volunteers Bette Parsons, Dale Mansfield and Julianne Scott, ahead of the barefoot bowls fundraiser at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
TLC for Kids volunteers Bette Parsons, Dale Mansfield and Julianne Scott, ahead of the barefoot bowls fundraiser at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Alina Rylko

Bowl for charity to help children at Tweed Hospital

STARTNG this month, ill children at the Tweed Hospital's paediatric ward will receive help with their distractional therapy.

Gold Coast based non-profit organisation, TLC for Kids Gold Coast affiliate, launched the initiative in September, raising $32,000 in donations, to deliver toys to up to two children a month to help them cope with hospitalisation.

According to medical experts at the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, children gain a familiarity with medical equipment and minimise their stress and anxiety through distraction with toys.

Through the RAPID TLC Request Program, Tweed Hospital healthcare professionals can request any item for a sick child and it will be delivered to the hospital within 24 to 48 hours.

TLC for Kids team leader of the Gold Coast affiliate Dale Mansfield said the non-profit delivered its first rapid request to a young patient at the Tweed Hospital two weeks ago.

"TLC for Kids is regarded as the fire brigade of children's charities for distractional therapy. We act immediately and that's what makes us unique," Ms Mansfield said.

Referrals are for any child, with any sickness or health condition, from newborn to 21 years of age.

Donations can include toys, laptops, or extend to helping the family of a sick child, with things like accommodation close to the hospital and payment of household bills.

A TLC for Kids fundraiser community event, sponsored by Destination Tweed, will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 1pm - 4pm at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.

Tickets are $12 for adults with children under 13 free, and can be purchased online at www.tlcforkids.org.au/goldcoast



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