WORKING WONDERS: Store champion Leisa Enge and Woolworths Cannonvale long-life manager Christal Black holding one of the Children's Hospital Foundation donation boxes which can be found on the service counter and all registers in store.
WORKING WONDERS: Store champion Leisa Enge and Woolworths Cannonvale long-life manager Christal Black holding one of the Children's Hospital Foundation donation boxes which can be found on the service counter and all registers in store.

Children’s hospitals to benefit from campaign

WHITSUNDAY residents have raised more than $18,000 for children's hospitals throughout Queensland during a year-long community based funding campaign by Woolworths supermarket.

The fundraising effort was carried out by Woolworths stores throughout Queensland and northern NSW who enlisted the help of their local community and regular shoppers to raise much-needed funds for various Children's Hospitals throughout Queensland.

Of the $4.2 million raised, Woolworths Cannonvale raised $14,489, ahead of Bowen on $5722 and Proserpine on $3831.

Cannonvale Woolworths store champion Leisa Enge said she was proud of the region's fundraising efforts and was happy to support such a worthy cause.

Woolworths' Queensland fundraising co-ordinator Michael Muller said staff welcomed the opportunity to fundraise but locals were the real heroes.

"The success of this year's Woolworths Children's Hospital Appeal comes down to the unwavering community spirit displayed across the board throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales whose residents have dug deep to donate to a worthy cause," he said.

"The $4.2 million raised during the annual appeal will be distributed to children's hospitals around the state to help fund critical research, state-of-the-art medical equipment, facilities and patient care."

Children's Hospital Foundation partnerships manager Rachel Young was overwhelmed by this year's fundraising figures and the community's generosity.

The annual appeal has raised more than $27 million for the cause since it started in 1987.

All Woolworths stores in the Whitsunday region would like to thank the local community for their ongoing support.

The Children's Hospital Foundation donation boxes are available in store at the service desk and all registers year-round.


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