With awareness raised via magazine/newspaper articles and a 60 Minutes documentary on congenital heart disease (CHD), over $200,000 was donated to Finnan’s Gift by literally thousands of exceptionally kind hearted people across Australia and the United Kingdom.
On July 31st, a whopping $116,254 was raised at the Collingwood v Essendon football match, with Collingwood players, Victorian athletes, and thousands of footy fans joining Collingwood management to help increase awareness of CHD and raise the last dollars needed to reach our goal.
Alisa says she cannot thank enough the 3000 individuals, families and organisations who gave so generously after being touched by her family’s story.
“Oliver and I are completely overwhelmed by the charitable warmth of all the generous people who’ve contributed to Finnan’s Gift,” Alisa said.
“We are so proud that collectively Finnan’s Gift has been able to purchase vital medical equipment that will help save lives, and it has helped us start rebuilding ours too. We never anticipated how spirit renewing the process of achieving this goal would be, and feel indebted to all who helped us,” she said.
RCH Director of Cardiology, A/Professor Michael Cheung, says the leading-edge technology will make a difference for many RCH patients with CHD.
“Congenital heart disease affects approximately 1 in 100 children and is one of the leading causes of death in young children in Australia,” A/Professor Cheung said.
“Some of these children will need treatment in the first few days of life and account for some of the very sickest children in our hospital. On average half of the patients admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit have heart problems.
“A new echocardiography machine will allow better access to the best equipment possible to assess heart structure and function in children of all ages. The machine is a significant upgrade of the echocardiography machine that is currently in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit,” he said.
Finnan’s Gift will continue to raise funds to support RCH doctors, nurses, surgeons and specialists instrumental in Finnan’s care. Each year, on Finnan’s birthday, a grant will be awarded to an RCH department to directly support patients and families through excellence in leadership and education, technology and equipment, and medical research.
“The team at The Royal Children’s Hospital are truly marvellous and they deserve the absolute best in their ongoing quest to support our children and their families." Alisa said.
Finnan’s Gift will now keep giving, with a targeted annual grant program in place to make a lasting difference.
In 2011 Finnan's Gift was launched with the goal of raising $300,000 to
buy a much needed echocardiology machine for the Cardiology Department at the RCH. On the 20th October 2011, this crucial piece of medical equipment was unveiled by Alisa and Oliver Camplin-Warner and handed over to the RCH Cardiology Department.