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We had a hoot partnering with NightOwl for their inaugural OwlGood fundraising campaign, which raised $36,826 for sick kids.

In what was a first of its kind partnership for the retail chain, NightOwl customers have turned their small change into a large difference for sick and injured kids like six-year-old Patrick, who was born with multiple joint deformities.

Since he was six months old, Patrick has travelled to Brisbane every three months for torso plaster castings and surgical procedures, with his family temporarily relocating to Brisbane from their home in the Northern Territory in January 2021 to enable Patrick to undergo further spinal procedures.

Being so far from home for such significant periods of time presented a plethora of challenges, however the family, who now reside on the Sunshine Coast, leant on the Children’s Hospital Foundation for support.

“The Children’s Hospital Foundation has been our saviour during our many hospital stays.”

– Patrick, Patrick’s Dad

“From frequent visits to Kidzone, joining the Bravery Beads program, bedside kindergarten classes, play time with Foundation volunteers, Cuddle Carers, craft packs and visits to the Scholastic Book Bunker, to name a few, we would not have got by some days without the support of the Foundation,” he added.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO, Lyndsey Rice said the funds raised by NightOwl will help the Foundation continue to change the lives of sick and injured kids like Patrick.

“Each breakthrough in research, investment into new equipment or day brightened by our family and support team – that is because of the support of our partners like NightOwl who allow us to continue to help sick and injured kids get better,” Ms Rice said.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from the NightOwl community and know the funds will make a huge difference for sick kids like Patrick both today and into the future.”

To learn more about corporate partnerships at the Children’s Hospital Foundation, head here.