Friends of the Children Foundation donate funds for gaymer hypothermia device

Without our great volunteers, generous supporters and keen sponsors who collected, contributed and donated $55,555.90 to Friends of the children Foundation, we wouldn’t be able to report on such fantastic news! The money received by the Friends of the Children Foundation was transferred to the Royal Children Hospital through the Good Friday Appeal (2012) for the purchase of these “Gaymer Hypothermia devices.

On Thursday 4th April, some members from Friends of the Children Foundation including our founder, Shashi Kochhar had an opportunity to visit the Paediatric Intensive Care unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital to see the gaymer hypothermia devices in action.

It was an overwhelming experience to see such world class facilities. These machines will give so many families a reason to smile and enjoy their lives.

Our team of Ratan Jee, Jasbir Bedi, Indy Jassal, young Riya and Shashi Kochhar felt so privileged, humbled and honoured to meet and listen to the staff members including:

  • Mr Bradley Carter Paediatric Intensive care unit technician,
  • Ms Jamiee Mayne, Student Technician,
  • MS Rachael Hurley, Executive Assistant and
  • Ms Danielle Clark, Donor Development Coordinator.

The gaymer hypothermia device is an important device that can save young lives every day and does that with such perfection thus creating new world class standards every day.

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A message from our founder, Shashi Kochhar. A recap on the first quarter of 2013

After a very hectic few months, I have had some time to reflect on the activities completed this year and will share with your some learning’s that I have discovered along the way.

The first event this year was “Australia Day BBQ” at Brick Makers Park on 26th January 2013.  The BBQ, provided a fantastic avenue to meet  new people. I also discovered that no matter how hard we try to look different from outside still we all are same from the inside. I find it quite sad to think that these days we are more focused on out side appearances. Let’s hope things begin to change and people learn that it’s on the inside that counts.


The second event this year was “Clean Up Australia Day” on 3rd March, with the focus once again around Brick makers park. Fifteen to sixteen individuals helped clean the park, including John Nguyen, Liberal Candidate for the seat of Chisholm. We had a very enjoyable and fruitful day.

 Between us we collected;

  • 12 bags of rubbish
  • 1 shopping trolley
  • 1 tyre with rim
  • 1 bumper bar
  • 3 steel bars of about 4 -5 meters each.
  • 1 red plastic bollard.


In all, despite the wet weather, Clean Up Australia Day was deemed a great success. In total the day saw an an estimated 550,330 volunteers cleaning up at 7,341 sites. That’s an estimated 16,150 tonnes of rubbish removed from our prized Australian environment.

It felt great to be part of such a worthwhile event. We just hope that individuals will learn to look after their rubbish. Please always do your part and take away any rubbish with you. Without a clean environment, we cannot raise healthy children.On Friday 29th of March, Friends of the Children Foundation organized it’s 15th Annual 28 kilometre walk from Clayton railway Station to Etihad stadium. Thirty-six Volunteers which aged from four years to seventy-two years took part in this year walk and presented a cheque of $15,555.00 to the Hospital.
The youngest volunteer at only 4 years of age collected $36.00 in sponsorship’s whereas our 72 year old volunteer, Mrs Parmindar Jabbal collected $136.00.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support so far, without your dedication, hard work and donations we will not be able to achieve our fundraising target.