february, 2022

thu17febAll DayFeaturedGiving Day(All Day: thursday)

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Be a Giving Day Champion and open your heart on Thursday 17
February and your donation will be multiplied. Brighter Lives Giving Day is an
opportunity for the local community, patients, health staff, and businesses to
rally together to support their local hospitals. Brighter Lives supports
lifesaving public health services in Townsville and across our region by
fundraising for equipment, training, research, and facilities.


You never know when you or a loved one might need the help of your
local hospital – show your support and donate to help those undergoing cancer
treatment, provide comfort to palliative care patients or help make the
hospital experience better for our youngest patients, like Kartia pictured


Kartia is the face behind Brighter Lives Giving Day 2022. Kartia
was just 10 days old when she was diagnosed at the Townsville University
Hospital, with a severely narrowed aorta, which had brought its 8mm diameter
down to just 2mm. Without surgery, Kartia could have died within a week.
Kartia’s team is raising funds for Brighter Lives to support life-saving equipment
for our local hospitals so patients like Kartia can get help when help is


Kartia’s mum, Jackie Hankin said without this surgery Kartia would
have died.


“To find out that your ten-day-old baby would die within the
week without surgery is beyond terrifying.


“It’s amazing how this hospital caters for so many people in
such a large rural area and the number of people it looks after, it’s really
appreciated by the people that need it”, said Jackie.

The Townsville University Hospital staff have provided ongoing
treatments and scans to ensure Kartia’s heart is still functioning at optimum


Now 12 years old, Kartia loves playing sport and is this year
enjoying her first year of high school.


“I enjoy doing all different sports, and thanks to my
treatment I can do anything that normal kids do and enjoy having fun with
friends”, said Kartia.


What is so special about Giving Day?

 Every donation received on Thursday 17 February will be multiplied
thanks to our generous local sponsors.


Our Giving Day is a 12-hour fundraising event when we ask our
community of supporters to come together for Brighter Lives, Townsville
Hospital Foundation, and make your donations double the impact. You can be a
Champion and we create your page and personal QR code for sharing with your


We are the official charity of the Townsville Hospital and Health
Services and are 100% local with all funds raised supporting your local




All Day (Thursday)

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