As part of K+P's founding mission the business has been determined to find ways to contribute to the communities within which it works - the K+P Foundation is one part of K+P's determination to help where it can make a difference.
Operation Open Heart is an initiative of Sydney Adventist Hospital. The program provides urgently needed cardiac surgery for patients in developing countries (generally children) who do not have access to this care in their own country, and cannot afford to receive this life saving treatment overseas.
In addition to life-saving surgery, the program promotes skills-transfer, providing ongoing education and training for local medical, nursing and allied health staff. During the course of the visit, team members may conduct formal lectures as well as informal bedside training with the staff of the various hospitals visited, with the aim to improve the national healthcare staff's skills so that they may ultimately become self sufficient.
All Operation Open Heart team members are volunteers and come from all over Australia, and the program has worked in 12 different countries across the South Pacific, South-East Asia and in Africa. The specialist medical equipment for cardiac surgery is not usually available in the countries they travel to, so often up to four tonnes of equipment and supplies is taken with the team.
The ongoing work of Operation Open Heart has transformed over 2800 lives all over the world both of the patients themselves and their families. Without Operation Open Heart many of these patients would not have survived, and at best most would not be able to lead the active and productive lives that they are now leading.
Operation Open Heart is proudly part of the Sydney Adventist Hospital HealthCare outreach program. The program operates various different medical development initiatives internationally. The K+P Foundation is proud to be supporting Operation Open Heart. We are also working with them in the roll out of Operation Open Heart Philanthropists.
For more information about the program or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.sah.org.au/healthcare-outreach
Based in the Macarthur and established as a special school in 1957, Mater Dei is an organization that provides early intervention therapy services, education and residential programs for babies, children and young people with an intellectual disability or developmental delay.
The underpinning philosophy for all that we do at Mater Dei is “Inclusion for all”.
Much of our work is focused on providing opportunities and experiences that will help our students develop the skills and confidence to be fully included as members of their community.
The Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation is dedicated to improving health care provision for every child living in our region.
To do this the Foundation aims to raise, stimulate and advocate for funding of children and adolescent health services and research delivered within the boundaries of the Macarthur region and engaging the Macarthur community (including government, corporations, organizations, residents and businesses) in supporting these priorities.
Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation is a local children's health charity established to raise funds to purchase paediatric medical equipment to enhance the level of health care offered to local children being treated at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals. Funds also support numerous children's community health programs. Research is also being conducted to establish preventative programs for children's health issues specific to Macarthur.
Australian Women and Children's Research Foundation is a Medical Research Foundation based in Western Sydney. OZWAC was established to provide for medical research into the health of women and children, which draws upon community support to raise funds and also raise community awareness of important health issues. The Foundation, since its inception has supported research at Nepean and Westmead Hospitals and other research centres in New South Wales.
In mid 1998 Professor Brian Spurrett, the Head of Women and Children's Health at Nepean Hospital, recognised a need for a research foundation based in Western Sydney. Together with Dr Chris Kohlenberg and Mr Greg Allchin they hosted a forum to ascertain community and business support for the proposed research foundation.
The response was overwhelming, reinforcing the community support for hospital-based research into the health needs of families living in Western Sydney.
To find out more about OZWAC and the work they do go to: www.ozwac.com.au
As a member of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation’s Council since 2001, John Bateman experienced first hand that raising money for a good cause had become increasingly difficult in recent years. In 2006 he decided that there had to be an easier way to raise money for a good local cause.He decided to aim high—to approach those people in Penrith who have been really successful in our city.
That is, those that have succeeded in Penrith and ask them to commit to giving, either personally or through their business, a fixed tax deductible amount per year for five years. There were no ball or dinner tables to be bought, no auction items to bid for, no raffle tickets to be purchased—just an opportunity to be part of a significant group of people in Penrith, who believed in celebrating the success that Penrith had given them by making a commitment to give to a very important local organization, whose work would be of great benefit to others in the local community, including those who are close to us. The aim in establishing the Nepean Philanthropist’s was to get 50 people to each commit to contributing $2,500 per annum for five years and in doing so raise more than $600,000 for the researchers at the Nepean Clinical School over that time.
Through the generosity of many great locals this has been achieved and the number of Philanthropists has now increased to 60. The aim this financial year is to find 15 more generous locals to join us as Nepean Philanthropist’s so that recurrent funding remains in place for medical research in our local area for many years to come. Since the inception of the Nepean Philanthropist’s the University of Sydney has been very generous matching the contributions being made by the first 40 Nepean Philanthropists.
For more information on how you can become involved, please contact Gwen McMaster-Fay (President) or Deanna Melbin (Manager) on (02)4735 2407 or email email@example.com
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is a community owned and operated aeromedical search and rescue service. It serves the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, New England and North West regions of New South Wales. Each year the Helicopter Service performs over 1200 missions, rescuing people from accident scenes and transporting critically ill patients from small, rural hospitals to large tertiary hospitals, primarily the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and the Base Hospital in Tamworth.
The Helicopter Service provides a free service to over one million people, covering a region of 132,000 square kilometres. Two helicopters are based in Newcastle and one in Tamworth. This helicopter service is a great asset to our community. If you would like to find our more or make a donation please go to: http://www.rescuehelicopter.com.au