UBC Uncle Bobs Club has been raising money to support children's heath since 1942.
Uncle Bobs Club (UBC) is a not-for-profit created to benefit the lives of children with medical needs in Victoria. UBC fund equipment for hospitals, other institutions and individual children, and also offer support to the Victorian healthcare work and education through Scholarships and Fellowships at The Royal Children’s Hospital.
In 2018-19, UBC donated over $509,000 to support children’s health. The Club receives no Government funding, so they rely entirely on a small staff, the generosity of the Victorian public, and the enthusiasm of wonderful volunteers, state-wide.
Most recently, Uncle Bobs Club presented Northern Health Foundation with a new ice and water dispenser for the Northern Hospital children’s ward purchased with funds raised by the club’s local giving for local health program.
Beginning in October 2020, the community came together to support a range of online fundraising activities including direct donations, the sale of face masks and a virtual trivia night. The ice and water dispenser was then purchased locally with the funds.
The ice and water dispenser is specifically for the children’s ward, and having access to ice 24 hours a day is key to keeping kids hydrated.
“We're trying to get them to eat and drink, a lot of them will like to suck on ice,” said Courtney Lowry, children’s ward Nurse Unit Manager.
The machine also makes ‘chewable’ ice, another upgrade from the domestic freezer the nurses were previously using – particularly difficult to keep up with demand from an anticipated 6,500 children in a year.
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