I thought it was about time we let you know where our Run Donna Run funds that we have raised are going. We have recently made a decision of what is needed to help The Royal Children’s Hospital help many children. WOO HOO! 🙂
I said to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation “What is it you need?” So when we first started back in 2012, it was called the ‘Wish List.’ They have changed their title of this category to the hospitals ‘Greatest Needs.’
So after discussions with the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, we have come to a decision where we will put our hard earned funds, which I am truly grateful to all of you who have supported me in my fundraising challenges and events.
When this project was brought forward to me, it was an easy decision to go with. I am choosing to put Run Donna Run funds to support the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes. This department is one of the largest departments of its type in Australia and they have a national and international reputation as a leader in clinical care, research and training in paediatric endocrinology.
Obesity and weight management is an important service that the RCH Foundation currently supports and we would love to include the funds raised through Run Donna Run to be part of this initiative that primarily aims to encourage, educate and empower families to lead to improved lifestyle change, that is much needed.
The Royal Children’s Hospital has a Weight Management Clinic which is made up of specialist doctors, a clinic nurse, a social worker, a dietitian, and a psychologist, and has the input of many other specialised staff members who are involved in research projects that are looking into childhood overweight and obesity.
Referral to a specialist clinic like the weight management service may be warranted in cases of severe and/or progressive obesity, early onset obesity, suspicions of an underlying medical problem, and/or when there is the presence of weight-related complications.
In general, the aim of the service is to maintain a child’s weight over a period of time so that, with normal increases in height, the weight falls back into the healthy weight range. For some children/adolescents with severe obesity, a degree of weight loss may be required to keep them healthy. The weight management team primarily aims to encourage, educate and empower families to lead to improved lifestyle change.
This is a need for children/adolescents from all over Australia, as the Royal Children’s Hospital not only cares for children in Melbourne. As you may know I am a great example of this, as I am from North-West Victoria originally when I spent my time with the amazing support from the Royal Children’s Hospital many years ago, who saved my life more than once. 🙂
I have raised an amazing amount so far, with the help of many keen supporters, a huge THANK YOU to many of you, from me and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. 🙂 Group hug!
I have another $14,000 to raise to help the kids who need the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes. I have one last challenge event that I am now in the process of finalising details, that I know will be fun and inspiring at the same time.
The Power is in Me…it’s in You too!
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