During NAB RunWest 2019 in March we asked you to contribute to a Wall of Hope with messages of support for the staff and patients at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital.
The Better Foundation is the charity that supports the hospital by raising vital funds and CEO Nermeen Yacoub and her team were very proud to present the Wall of Hope to the doctors and nurses at Mount Druitt Hospital at the end of June.
“Hundreds of participants in the inaugural NAB RunWest took the time to write messages of support and appreciation for the hard work our medical staff do every single day,” explained Nermeen. “The wall now hangs in the main corridor of the hospital directly near the kids’ ward, not only brightening up the space, but also a reminder to hospital staff that our local community appreciates what they do to keep our families healthy and safe.”
The Better Foundation was established in 2016 with the aim of funding equipment, research and training for Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised nearly $300,000 and has funded a multi-therapies clinical room for paediatrics, fibroscanner to detect and treat liver disease, contributed to a sensory space for dementia patients and provided equipment for the special care unit, such as billisoft machines for babies with jaundice and other, life-saving equipment.
Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals (BMDH) are administered as a single hospital on two sites. It is one of the largest hospitals in Australia. Every day hundreds of residents from the Blacktown and Mount Druitt local community attend the hospital for life-saving treatment.
Better Foundation works collaboratively with the many community groups and individuals who assist Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, complementing the work done by the incredible hospital volunteers, Pink Ladies and Auxiliary groups.
Funding state-of-the-equipment, world’s best practice research and advanced education for medical staff, Better Foundation helps to enhance funds provided from the limited State budget. Your donations, through the Better Foundation, can help to bridge the gap between what the Government provides and the best equipment and training available to staff for a “Better” patient experience.
Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali MP is Chairman of the Board of the Better Foundation. He has held that role since it was established in 2016. Blacktown City Council’s CEO Kerry Robinson holds the position of Deputy Chairman.
“We established the Better Foundation as a charity to support Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, being the major medical facilities in Blacktown City,” Mayor Bali said.
“At the same time, Blacktown City Council was a major sponsor and supporter of the inaugural RunWest.
“I am so pleased that the acknowledgement of charitable contributions from all the participants in RunWest, in the physical form of the Wall of Hope, is now providing some pleasure to the staff and patients in Blacktown Hospital.
“The Wall of Hope is also a wonderful daily reminder to the doctors and nurses that so many runners took time out to thank them for their continuing service to our community.”
If you wish to know more about the foundation or would like to get involved in supporting your local hospitals, visit www.betterfoundation.org.au