Children's fundraiser wraps up

FUNDRAISERS: Back, Lisa and Archer Herbert, Delicia Turner, Casey and Jax Quinn, Bec and Fraser Hannemann, Cindy and Tessa Hannemann, front, Britt and Wynter Nield, Nicolle, Lilah and Laykin Harris, Molly and Addison Bray, Renee Roberts and Poppy Hannemann, Jane and Alba Glasson-Ramsey.

FUNDRAISERS: Back, Lisa and Archer Herbert, Delicia Turner, Casey and Jax Quinn, Bec and Fraser Hannemann, Cindy and Tessa Hannemann, front, Britt and Wynter Nield, Nicolle, Lilah and Laykin Harris, Molly and Addison Bray, Renee Roberts and Poppy Hannemann, Jane and Alba Glasson-Ramsey.

The Cleve Hospital Auxiliary Kids For A Cause fundraiser has raised upwards of $13,000 for the hospital this year.

The fundraiser, held every two years, encourages young mothers to come up with ways to raise money for the auxiliary through the winter.

Trading tables, raffles sponsored by local businesses and a highly successful ladies night were among the ideas this year's group came up with.

To conclude the months of fundraising, participating mothers and their children gathered at the Cleve Little Gym, with each family presented with a photo of their child.

Hospital Auxiliary secretary Kelly Dolling said the total amount raised this year was "amazing."

"We're grateful for whatever we get... that's a really good figure."

She said the fundraiser had been going for over 20 years in the town and it was great to see young mothers in the town still getting involved.

"To say that it's still going now is a credit to the Auxiliary and the parents that support it," she said.

Mrs Dolling also thanked the members of the community who had supported the fundraisers over the past few months.

Funds raised from Kids For A Cause usually go to a project to liven up the hospital, such as the refurbishing of the patient lounge or an expensive piece of hospital equipment.

Mrs Dolling said the auxiliary and those who donate play an important role in making sure the local hospital was a welcoming and comfortable place for patients and visitors by funding the projects that the government is not investing in.

"You want it to be homely and comfortable and friendly," she said.

"You just don't realise how important some of those little things are."

With the Auxiliary always looking for new committee members and volunteers, Mrs Dolling said Kids For A Cause was a great way to get younger members of the community involved in volunteering and aware of the needs of their local hospital.

She said it was also one of many opportunities young mothers in Cleve had to get out and be involved in the community.

The Auxiliary will be liasing with hospital staff in the coming months to decide where best to direct the funds for 2019.