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Media Release - 5 March 2015

Finnan’s Gift raises $1million for The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH)

In honour of their son Finnan Maximus Camplin-Warner, devoted parents, Alisa and Oliver Camplin-Warner today presented another generous cheque to The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Foundation, and celebrated the milestone of raising $1,000,000 for the RCH since 2011.

The Camplin-Warner’s began Finnan’s Gift when their son, Finnan, passed away from congenital heart disease at just ten days old.  With the hope of honouring their son and working to save other children and their parents from the same grief, this courageous couple have continued to set and achieve large fundraising goals. Through community activities, fundraising events and corporate giving, Finnan’s Gift has now reached a very significant milestone.

Alisa said: “We are incredibly grateful to the thousands of donors and fundraisers that have enabled Finnan’s Gift to make such a huge difference to the RCH over the last four years.  Our aim has always been to state what we are going to do and then deliver it, so hitting that $1,000,000 mark is very emotional for us.

 “More importantly though is what that money has helped achieve.  Finnan’s Gift has bought world-class equipment, invested in new technology, advanced training through scholarships and provided equipment that directly improves the care of cardiac patients and children requiring intensive care treatment at the RCH every day. 

“For us, Finnan’s Gift represents courage, strength and hope, and we feel privileged to present our largest ever grant of $250,000 on behalf of all the families who have been through the same kind of heartache that we have,” said Alisa.  

This year’s grant will enable the RCH to upgrade Four Extracorporeal Life Support systems (ECLS).  These systems support the heart and lung function of the sickest and most vulnerable children in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), who would be unlikely to survive with out.

Oliver said that every person who has ever donated to Finnan’s Gift should be so proud.

 “Our goal for next year is to fund an upgrade to the hospital’s arrhythmia equipment.  This will enable the cardiac team to successfully treat more patients, improve patient recovery times and reduce stress on families,” stated Oliver.

Sue Hunt, CEO RCH Foundation said: “The Camplin-Warner’s story has captured the hearts and minds of so many people, it’s a remarkable achievement to have raised $1,000,000 for the RCH and through fundraising we can change the future of children’s healthcare.”

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