This Christmas season, QEII Hospital is collecting thousands of soft toys to gift to disadvantaged local children in the community to help build trust and connection between entire families and the hospital.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Hospital Liaison Officer Rahm Rallah said the appeal was a way to start a conversation with families and show children that QEII was a safe, community-focused hospital.
"It is important that from an early age, children know QEII is a safe place for them or their family to come to," he said.
"While QEII doesn’t provide services for children, by embedding that trust we are helping to break down barriers to healthcare access and show the community that we are here to support them."
Mr Rallah said the appeal would run until Friday 21 December and that staff could drop-off soft toys in the Ground Floor Foyer (between Pharmacy and Financial Services).
“We’ll be collecting toys and then staff and volunteers will give their time to hand them out at the Inala Shopping Centre in the lead up to Christmas,” he said.
“Staff from across the hospital will get out into the community and engage with children and their parents. Doctors, nurses, allied health, admin—they’ll all be there to connect with our community and help build trust in our services.”
QEII Hospital Facility Manager Mike Kerin said he was proud to once again see staff embrace the spirit of Christmas.
“The appeal started in 2010 and has grown in popularity each year. This year, we expect that staff from across all departments and community will donate more than 2,000 toys,” he said.
“For nearly a decade this appeal has also helped spread the holiday spirit around the hospital and within our local community.”
Image: Mike Kerin and Rahm Rallah with trolleys full of toys during the 2017 appeal.