Leo, Mal and our frontline heroes celebrate Can Give Day for Canberra’s Health Services | Canberra Times

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Singer Leo Sayer and Raiders legend Mal Meninga helped the dollars flow, and the laughter to ring out as Can Give Day on Friday raised money for the Canberra Hospital Foundation and celebrated the capital’s health workers in the front line. The 24-hour festival of giving was due to end at midnight Friday, with the $ 250,000 goal well in sight. Can Give Day is celebrated across Canberra Health Services, with staff gatherings with events ranging from bakery sales to raffles and virtual pet shows. The public also donates through the website cangiveday.org.au The Canberra Hospital Foundation’s CEO, Helen Falla, said late Friday that more than $ 238,000 had been raised and the number was steadily rising. “We will keep the website up for another week or so afterwards,” she said. “Last year we raised $ 315,000, so it would be great if we could earn that $ 315,000 again.” The day was also a chance for healthcare professionals to enjoy some light-heartedness after what has been a difficult year with COVID. Canberra Hospital Foundation Ambassador and Disco King Leo Sayer and local singer Lucy Sugerman provided the tunes, as many staff dressed in disco equipment, Halloween costumes or as henchmen in the hospitals, COVID test sites at EPIC and Garran and the mass vaccination clinic on AIS. “It was just a way to thank and applaud and celebrate the hard work of our healthcare professionals,” Ms. Fallon said. “They work hard under normal circumstances, but through this pandemic they have just been incredible. Our whole intention was to provide something at the end of a really difficult year for the healthcare staff to have some fun. I have heard some people at AIS- vaccination clinic: ‘I never thought I would come to work and have so much fun’. ” The money raised is used by the fund to support the more than 500,000 people who are hospitalized or receiving treatment in Canberra each year, whether it was through financing a piece of equipment or improving the facilities.


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