Pyjamas help out sick kids
BANK of Queensland clients could have been mistaken for thinking they had wandered into a slumber party at the two Rockhampton branches yesterday.
Staff ditched their uniforms in favour of their pyjamas and slippers to launch their annual children’s hospitals appeal.
The appeal, Banking On Our Kids, aims to get sick Aussie kids out of hospitals and into their own beds.
Owner and manager of the North Rocky BOQ Michael Polkinghorne said his team was eager to don their “jammies” for a good cause.
“Banking On Our Kids is very close to our hearts because we’re all children, parents, grandparents, uncles, or aunties,” he said.
“And sick kids in hospital aren’t just battling illnesses, they’re also battling home-sicknesses.
“Every kid wants to be at home getting tucked in by mum and dad, to be surrounded by their own toys and be in their own bed.”
Mr Polkinghorne said the appeal was unique in that one donation would go to five different hospitals right around the country.
Donations will go to Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia, which is a partnership of major children’s hospitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
BOQ said every day more than 300 children were admitted to the CHFA partner hospitals, and more than 3000 sick and injured kids needed treatment or care.
To donate to the appeal go to boq.com.au/kids or call 1300 557 272.