In recent weeks, the generosity of the local Gold Coast business community has simply blown us away at SLDO. We have been reaching out to businesses to donate or discount items for our Winter Warmer Packs, and have had an incredible response. These packs will be distributed to dialysis patients at the Robina Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital as the temperature drops and these patients feel the cold more than ever.

A huge thank you to the following local businesses and individuals who have warmed our hearts already through their generous offers:

Heat Wheat Packs, Varsity – Amy and Ian have gotten right behind the cause. Thanks to their generosity in supplying SLDO branded heat wheat packs to keep patients toasty and warm. We can’t thank you enough for the support you have shown.

Boomerang Bags, Burleigh – Thanks to Jordyn and her team of local volunteers who are supplying the custom-made bags, all out of recycled materials. Sustainability & community – ticking all our boxes.

Zarraffa’s Coffee, Crestwood, and Robina – The Gold Coast-based coffee franchise have been willing to jump on board and support their local community. Some warming drinks will go a long way.

Nerang Knit and Natter, Nerang Red Cross, Robina Red Cross, Mudgeeraba CWA, Springbrook Craft Group – Several lovely ladies from these organisations have spread the word through their networks to help us on our way to our target of 125 knitted beanies to keep those heads warm on the ward.

Kerry-Lea Gibb from Minter Ellison Gold Coast donated her whole weekend making 125 hand mittens. An individual effort that we are so grateful for. Thank you Kerry-Lea!

The idea for the Winter Warmer Packs was that of our SLDO president, Bretto, who is undergoing dialysis as he waits for a donor’s kidney, and knows how cold it gets during the 6-hour stints in the hospital hooked up to the dialysis machine. The winter months are even more unbearable.

We hope, by distributing these packs, that we can bring some warmth and cheer to the patients who have to face this reality in the hospital as they wait for donor organs.

If anyone is interested in donating any warming items or helping us with the Packs, please get in touch via our contact page.

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