A SPECIAL unit at The Canberra Hospital will be able to purchase much-needed equipment, thanks to the generosity of the Bega community.
The recent fundraiser for the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) proved a great success.
The event, organised by Bega’s Casey Curtis, helped raise more than $10,000 for sick and premature babies.
Ms Curtis, her husband Tony and eight-month-old daughter Miley recently travelled to Canberra to present the cheque to NICU.
In total, $10,282.05 was raised through the fundraiser towards the worthy cause.
Ms Curtis presented the cheque to Alison Kent, associate professor in neonatology at The Canberra Hospital, and chairman of the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation Peter Cursley.
“They were absolutely grateful and amazed that we raised that amount of money,” Ms Curtis said.
“It was all very positive.”
Ms Curtis said the NICU was planning to use the funds on a much-needed camera and colour printer.
The unit will also purchase expressing breast pumps if there is any money left over.
More than 160 people attended the fundraiser at the Bega Country Club last month (BDN, 7/12/12).
Special guests included ACT Brumbies Scott Fardy and Peter Kimlin, and NICU nurse Jenny Moore.
Ms Curtis said she was thrilled with the response from locals.
“Thanks to everyone, particularly the businesses and individuals who donated items,” she said.
“Thank you to the community for getting behind it.”