Ladies meet up to help out Tweed Hospital nursery

HOSTS: Christal Alexander, Karen Ovington and Kyla Golds.
HOSTS: Christal Alexander, Karen Ovington and Kyla Golds. Daniel McKenzie

KINGSCLIFF Bowls Club will this Thursday night host the annual Tweed Hospital Special Care Nursery Ladies Night to raise funds for equipment and home comforts for patients and their families.

Organisers Karen Ovington and Kyla Golds saw the crucial need for money to be raised for the hospital’s special care nursery after both spent time in the nursery following the premature births of babies.

Mrs Golds says it could be traumatic for a mother to spend weeks in the hospital, especially when they were uncertain of their child’s future.

Her two-year-old was born 10 weeks premature and, after spending eight weeks in the special care nursery, she found the nursery wasn’t able to operate fully without assistance from the public.

“I found life-saving equipment relied on public funding and donations,” Mrs Golds said.

“If people didn’t donate, it wouldn’t be possible (to run).”

Mrs Ovington discovered this when her child spent a period in the nursery.

She said donations were required for not only essential equipment, but for the comforts required for sick and premature babies and their families.

The fundraiser is in its second year and creates a fun environment for women to let their hair down and mingle.

The night will include raffles with a major prize of a trip to the Whitsundays, dance performances, a DJ, a photographer and a host of inclusions to make the night enjoyable.

Last year the night was a success and had 120 ladies in attendance, but the girls are confident this year could be bigger.

“We raised eight thousand last year and we would love to top that and aim for 10 thousand,” Mrs Golds said.

Mrs Ovington said they were aiming for 150 attendees and, while tickets had been selling quickly, there were still many available.

For tickets and further details, contact Mrs Golds on 0408618845.

Tickets will be available at the door on the night but it is better to pre-purchase tickets to avoid missing out on the fun event.

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