Show Your Support
There are lots of ways that you can pass on the power of a healing hug to all of the sick babies and toddlers in our five Children's Hospitals around the country.
Donate a hug
Through the Huggies® Hugs for Healing initiative, for every hug received via a photo or a physical hug of the Huggies beating hug, Huggies® will donate $1 to Children’s Hospital up to the total of $140,000. Funds raised through your donation will help to provide essential support and care to help heal sick babies & toddler in each of the five Children's Hospitals. You can further help by donating.
$5 for as little as $5 your donation could buy 250ml of bubbles for Play Therapists to use to distract babies and young children waiting in Emergency.
$10 could buy a Craft Activity Pack used to entertain and distract young children while waiting in Emergency.
$20 could be used to purchase Toddler Crutches – used for toddlers or young children who require assistance with walking due to surgery, broken bones or rehabilitation.
$50 could fund a "Buzzy", a small device that looks like a toy bee which utilises vibration and cold sensations to reduce pain sensations associated with needle procedures.
$100 could fund the cost of a Parent Care Package for the parents of children in Intensive Care (ICU) who have little or no time to pack a bag with essentials before they arrive at the hospital.
$200 could fund a Oxygen Flow Meter used to deliver oxygen in the correct amounts to new born babies or young patients.
$250 could purchase a Suture Set, a fine set of instruments used by doctors and nurses, which allows a variety of stitches to be done on small children.
$300 could buy an Activity Play Panel to help distract children who are waiting to undergo medical procedures.
$500 could fund the purchase of Toys and Equipment for the Play Therapy departments, who not only brighten the lives of sick children but significantly reduce the negative effects of hospitalisation for the child and family.
$1,000 could fund Nurse Training and Education, a high priority for our hospitals to maintain the training and education of nurses which will enable the life saving work our nurses perform.
$1,800 could fund a fellow in their final year of paediatric training for one week to treat patients and conduct vital medical research.
$3,500 could cover the cost of Care for one child in ICU for one day. This support is critical in ensuring the ICU can continue to provide the best care for a child with basic or complex conditions as well as provide specialised equipment needed for one-to-one care.
Upon making a donation to Children’s Hospitals, you will receive a Tax Deductible receipt. *Only donations of $2 or more are Tax Deductible.
Share your story
Through the great work of each of our children's hospital, and critical equipment donated by the Huggies® Hugs for Healing initiative during 2013, all of the beautiful babies below are back to their happy, smiling selves. Click on an image below to read their story
If you have a story you'd like to share, we would love to hear it. Please tell us your story here.
Volunteer at your nearest Children's Hospital
Each Children's Hospitals partner hospital always looks for dedicated and passionate individuals and groups to assist the hospital staff and patient families.
Volunteering occurs year around within the hospitals and can include: cleaning toys, putting play packs together, giving relief time to mum's and dad's, playing, reading and nursing children. The Huggies® Team recently volunteered in the outpatient clinic at the Sydney Children's Hospital. Read more and see some pictures from the day here.
Contact your nearest partner hospital directly to nominate times and days when you would like to volunteer.
Please note: The hospitals require each person volunteering on premise to be authorized and they will conduct police checks and working with children registration. Some hospitals will also require a training session to be completed prior to starting.
Children’s Hospital Foundation QLD
Contact: Nicole Pearson P: (07) 3852 1199
Princess Margaret Hospital WA
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator P: (08) 9340 8716
Sydney Children’s Hospital NSW
Contact: Jenni Corbett, Community Liaison Officer P: (02) 9382 3570
Royal Children’s Hospital VIC
Contact: Royal Children’s Hospital Volunteer service P:(03) 9345 5880
Women’s & Children’s Hospital SA
Contact: Sandy Keane P: (08) 8161 8348
Donate Books or Toys
Each Children's Hospitals partner hospital warmly accepts donations of toys and books from the community year-round. It's all too easy for homes to become filled with your child's toys – they get so many presents for birthdays and Christmas that you may find they have two, or even three of a particular toy. If you have toys that your children no longer need and have never used before, you can donate them to one of the Children's Hospitals, and in doing so will help to brighten the life of a sick child.
If you wish to make a donation, please contact your nearest Children's Hospitals Foundations Australia partner hospital:
NSW: (02) 9382 1111
VIC: (03) 9345 5522
QLD: (07) 3636 3777
SA: (08) 8161 7000
WA: (08) 9340 8222
Please note: Donated toys should be brand new and not used before, and need to be sent in their original packaging. For hygiene and infection control reasons, the best toys are those which are made of plastic or wood.
Toy Donation suggestions
- Baby toys: Activity, Light-up and/or Musical Toys, Rattles, small Hand Toys, Stacking Rings
- Toddler Toys: Wooden Puzzles, simple Stacking Blocks, Toy Cash Register/ Kitchen/ Tools for role play
- Pre school and school aged: Doll house Furniture and People, Action Figures, Super Heroes, Lego, and small wooden or plastic Activity Sets
Book and DVDs Donation suggestions
- Baby book suggestions: Books: Soft vinyl, Hard cardboard, Musical
- Toddler Book suggestions: Books: Pop-up, Musical, Popular Characters
- Pre school book suggestions: Colouring, or Word Search
- Age appropriate, content appropriate and “G” or “PG” ratings only DVDs
- DVD’s are great for Toddlers, Preschool and Primary school children
New toys that aren’t suitable for donation:
- Big metal trucks or toys
- Any toy that may pose a potential safety/choking hazard
- No used plush animals
- Toys stuffed with foam or beans
- Items that have a strong odour
- Items with marbles or magnetic pieces
- Toys with removable parts (button eyes) that could be removed, swallowed or inhaled
- Toys made of glass
- Fragile toys that can break into small pieces with sharp edges
- Toy guns or other violent toys
Other ways to get involved
Each of the children's hospitals also runs other events throughout the year that you can either volunteer at, or participate in. See the table below for a list of events by hospital.
|Hospital||Month||Event Type||Volunteer or Participate|
|Children's Hospital Foundation QLD|
|Everest Virtual Challenge||TBC||Corporate Challenge event||Participate|
|B105 Appeal||December||Various events/ activities||Volunteer|
|K's 4 Country Kids bike ride||August||Challenge w/ Fundraising||Participate|
|Kids Christmas Appeal||December||Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation WA|
|Annual Bear by Night Gala Ball||March||Dinner event w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Absail for PMH||November||Challenge event||Participate|
|Wear A Bear Month||May||Various events/ activities & Fundraising||Volunteer|
|John Hughes Big Walk||November||Challenge event||Participate|
|Royal Children's Hospital Foundation VIC|
|Good Friday Appeal||April, Good Friday||Call centre, various events and activities locally||Volunteer|
|Cuppa for Kids||All year around||Host your own event||Participate|
|Run for the Kids||March||Challenge Event||Participate|
|Opera in the Roses||October/November||NICU||Participate|
|Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation NSW|
|Silver Party||February||Cocktail Party w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Gold Dinner||June||Sit down dinner w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Pedal for Kids||May||Challenge event||Participate|
|Gold Week Telethon events||May/June||Dinners/ lunches w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Diamond Event||August||Cocktail Party w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Amber Affair||October||Boutique Beer tasting event w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|SunSCHine Lunch (small)||August||Cocktail Party w/ Fundraising||Volunteer|
|Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation SA|
|Night of lights Gala Ball||December||Dinner with fundraising||Volunteer|
|Carols by Candlelight||December||Volunteer|
|WCHF Mothers May Luncheon||May||Lunch with fundraising||Participate|