Seasonal cheer drives new maternity charity fundraiser

Brighten your festive season and help Bairnsdale Regional Health Service’s maternity unit by supporting the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation’s new Baubles for Babies appeal.

The Gippsland-based charity is raising money for four new Neocots to update equipment in the maternity ward.

Newborn Intensive Care Foundation chair and Sale resident Peter Cursley (pictured) said the Baubles for Babies initiative takes the form of a virtual Christmas tree that people making donations help to decorate.

“Baubles for babies is a fun-raiser, if you get my meaning. People can go online and choose a bauble from $20 all the way up to the star at the top, which is $2000,” Peter said.

“They have the ability to upload a photo of a loved one, or a photo for someone they have lost. They can post a message. It’s a great opportunity for businesses, because they can put their logo there.

“And, of course, all the money raised locally stays in this area.”

Picture shows two virtual Christmas trees in a maternity unit. One is almost bare of decorations, and the other is brightly decorated with lights, red and gold baubles and a gold six-pointed star on the top.
The virtual tree – before and (hopefully) after

The Neocots are a more modern design than BRHS’ present bedside cots. They are more comfortable for newborns, and their height can be adjusted to suit a staff member or parent – an important consideration for new mothers who have had a caesarean or a traumatic birth.

BRHS Chief Executive Officer Robyn Hayles thanked the NICF for its ongoing support for the maternity unit.

“The NICF, and all our community fundraisers, are so important because the equipment and maintenance they fund helps us to keep working efficiently and expand our services as the East Gippsland region grows,” she said.

“We are a vital service and we’re grateful for their support. Ensuring our staff have the latest and best equipment to work with ultimately saves lives.”

Baubles for Babies runs until 31 December. All donations are tax deductible. To see the virtual tree and donate, go to or use the QR code.

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