Every day, TLC for Kids works tirelessly to help sick children right across Australia. They may be battling cancer or other long-term illness, recovering from burns, a crash or a fall, or undergoing a relatively minor procedure. They may be in hospital for weeks or months, or just a couple of days. They come from all sorts of backgrounds and their needs vary from a simple colouring book to medical expenses, whitegoods, toys, laptops, family accommodation and more. Almost no request is out of the question for this brilliant charity.
Over the past month, we’ve told you about its Rapid TLC and Distraction Box programs. We introduced you to little Eulalie, who spent her first four months in hospital after being born with a congenital lung condition. TLC for Kids gave her toys to help her development, and a much-needed dinner out for her mum and dad.
Then there was Victoria Branch, the teenager with congenital scoliosis who had given up all hope and was on the brink of death until TLC organised to fly her best friend from Tasmania to Melbourne for a surprise visit. Her mum’s convinced it saved her life.
We also told you about TLC’s Distraction Box program, which provides a kitty of toys, puzzles, games and activities to help divert children’s attention when they’re undergoing medical procedures in hospital. More than 1700 boxes are used by paediatric wards and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to help 600,000 children each year. TLC also shared distraction tips parents can use at home to calm kids when they’re in pain or being given first aid.
On behalf of the thousands of families helped by TLC for Kids, we’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to the charity and its enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers. We’re also incredibly grateful to generous sponsors who have helped us donate goods worth more than $42,000 to TLC as part of our Babyology Christmas Care campaign.
Thank you to Chukles, which donated 250 monitors, and Babes in Arms, which sent in 20 Ergobaby carriers. Crayola donated packs of Creations Keepsake Boxes and Hot Heels, and Aussie Wipes sent in boxes of Red Nose Wipes. Oricom kindly gave video baby monitors, while Baby Bjorn supported the campaign with 60 Smart Potties. Walnut sent in a great box of kids’ shoes, Babynest donated toys and Johnson & Johnson provided Mother and Baby products.
All the items have arrived at TLC’s Melbourne base, from where they’ll be delivered to children and families in need within 48 hours of the charity receiving a call for help. TLC chief executive Tim Conolan says the products will be distributed to hundreds of sick children across Australia, and thanks sponsors for their input. “The joy you have brought us, and the difference you will make to those in need, is priceless, and for that, we are truly grateful,” he says.
If you’d like to help TLC for Kids, you can still donate directly to this very special cause.