National Volunteers Week

National Volunteers Week

It’s National Volunteers Week (15-21 May) and The Friendlies community sends a special shout-out to all the dedicated individuals who give their time to help others. The theme this year is “Better Together” which ties in with The Friendlies’ commitment to friendliness because it’s foundational to our name and culture. There are currently 26 volunteers helping throughout the hospital and interested newcomers are welcome to apply. The volunteers are coordinated through The Friendlies Foundation, which provides an opportunity for peopleMore
Friendlies Foundation Coordinator Julie Anderson presenting the new companions to Unit Five Nurse Unit Manager Donna Habermann.

New interactive pets and dolls to aid cognitively impaired patients

Patients at The Friendlies Hospital with cognitive impairment now have special new companions thanks to a very generous donation from The Friendlies Foundation. The interactive cat and dog along with a lifelike weighted newborn baby doll can provide comfort as well as stimulate memories for patients with cognitive impairment. Director of Clinical Services and Patient Safety, Sandy Blake, has seen first- hand the benefits that interactive pets and dolls can bring to patients. Sandy has worked with Unit Five NurseMore
Friendlies Foundation Charity Ball

Bundaberg set for a night of Hollywood glamour

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood is coming to Bundaberg on 4 March when The Friendlies Foundation Ball will be held at the Bundaberg Multiplex. Foundation Coordinator Julie Anderson said the Charity Ball will be a chance for people to dress in elegant gowns and dapper suits, enjoy each other’s company and revel in the elegance of Hollywood. “It’s going to be an amazing evening of glamour, fine food, premium beverages, and internationally acclaimed entertainment.” RESPECT – The Aretha FranklinMore

Lots of winners at Friendlies Foundation Golf Day

The Friendlies Foundation Charity Golf Day at Bundaberg Golf Club was again a successful fundraiser and a fun community event. The turn-out of 140 participants in 35 teams was on par with previous years, despite being postponed from October due to adverse weather. Friendlies CEO Simone Finch thanked golfers, staff and volunteers who assisted. “The popular annual Golf Day was again a sell-out, proving our business community values this event as an opportunity to network and raise funds for theMore

High Tea raises $948 for Friendlies Foundation

It was a busy two days for The Friendlies community with a High Tea fundraiser on Saturday following the Golf Day. Nearly 70 people attended at HSG at the Gardens to support the hospital accommodation project. A total of $948 was raised. Donations were given by Rusty Gate Grove Winery and Bar, and Anastasi Blooms. Those attending enjoyed entertainment by violin duo Wendy Davis and Kate Hardisty, and top-quality food and beverages. The Friendlies Foundation is grateful to all businessesMore
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