Featured Above: Dr Soleiman Kashkooli, Head of IBD Unit and Charys Winter, IBD Clinical Nurse Consultant
Northern Health Foundation Major Raffle raises important funds to support patient care and the purchase of medical equipment.
Launched in early July, this year’s raffle will make a real difference for our patients with IBD through the purchase an Intestinal Ultrasound (IUS).
IUS is used on patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to help diagnose and monitor conditions such as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. IBD can be debilitating and cause severe complications when not monitored and treated appropriately.
Proudly supported by our major sponsor, Maxxia, the raffle aims to raise $150,000 to fund this important diagnostic equipment. At present, any patients requiring this service need to be referred to alternative health services. Introducing IUS to Northern Health will alleviate the need for patients in the northern community to travel further to receive the care they need, and will help provide better outcomes for our patients.
According to Associate Professor Mayur Garg, Director of Gastroenterology at Northern Health, “IUS offers the opportunity for a safe and cost-effective way to manage patients with IBD, and may reduce the need for them to undergo invasive tests like endoscopy. It is increasingly being adopted worldwide, and will bring Northern Health to the forefront of care of patients with IBD.”
IBD Clinical Nurse Consultant, Charys Winter, works with these patients every day. Coincidentally, she was also the lucky winner of the raffle two years ago and she encourages our community to purchase raffle tickets as a way of giving back.
“I think if you’re a member of our hospital community and if you have received a benefit from that, it’s a nice way to pay it forward – to be involved, buy a ticket and help support – as it might even be for you or a relative one day,” she said.
This year the total prize pool includes:
First prize: A stunning brand new Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatch – RRP $30,393.40 (includes registration)
Second prize: Helicopter Joy Flight – RRP $4,500
Third prize: UPPAbaby VISTA V2 Pram and Bassinet – RRP $2,099
Fourth prize: One night in Mantra Epping Penthouse Suite including Breakfast and Dinner for two – RRP $750
Tim Bond from Maxxia said, “Maxxia is Australia’s leading provider of novated car leasing services to front line hospital workers. We are again delighted to be able to be the major partner to this year’s Northern Health Foundation Raffle, by providing a fabulous Toyota Corolla Hybrid.”
By purchasing a ticket, you can feel proud of supporting the important work of Northern Health.
If you buy five tickets in one transaction, you will go in the running to win a $500 Coles/Myer Gift Card! If you purchase your tickets before Wednesday 23 September 2020, you will also enter our Early Bird Draw to win a $500 Coles/Myer Gift Card.