The Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation has had a tough year when it comes to fundraising, but a new donation from Coles and Mondelez is helping the charity continue its good work.
Kids of Macarthur have been unable to run a single fundraising event this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The charity, which provides funding for the paediatric units at Campbelltown Hospital and Camden Hospital, received a $10,000 donation from Coles this week.
Cadbury parent company Mondelez provided Coles with a $150,000 giving fund to help communities, and management from local stores elected to support the children's charity.
"Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation is delighted to be named the recipient of this very generous donation," chief executive Denise McGrath said.
"The $10,000, particularly in these, difficult times will make a significant difference to assist and enhance the experience of paediatric patients.
"This will make an enormous difference to our ability to continue to purchase paediatric medical equipment for our local hospitals and community health centres."
Ms McGrath said it had been very difficult to secure funding this year and she appreciated the support of Coles.
Coles regional manager Nicholas Grover said the charity was a 'unanimous choice' for the Christmas bonus among the 11 Coles stores in the Macarthur region.
"We know it's been a very difficult year for many people in Macarthur and the surrounding region, so with Cadbury's support we wanted to further the incredible work of Kids of Macarthur," he said.
"Our stores chose Kids of Macarthur because we wanted local children and families to get the help they need without having to travel long distances to receive specialist care."
Mondelez International senior sales manager Angela King said the company and Coles were 'partners' in communities across Australia, and supported 15 charities with $10,000 grants.
"The local Coles stores told us they wanted to give back to local charities whose fundraising has been impacted by Covid-19, and we were delighted to help," she said.
"It's fantastic to see the Coles stores paying it forward to support charities and causes that matter most to them."
Ms McGrath said the donation would help meet the hospitals' next round of funding requests.
She said the charity was aiming to offer the hospital about $100,000 in March, and there was still a long way to go with fundraising efforts.
They are also working on purchasing a 'koala paediatric wheelchair' for Campbelltown Hospital, which is worth $40,000.
The wheelchair is designed to train kids who will be wheelchair users for their lives to get used to the equipment and its various attachments and add-ons.
"When the clinicians see which attachments suit the child's needs the most, they'll be able to give their mums and dads knowledge of which wheelchairs are right for them," Ms McGrath said.
"We've raised a quarter of the money we need so far, so any donations between now and Christmas which we receive will go towards this wheelchair."
Ms McGrath said there were a variety of ways locals could donate to the charity and encouraged people to contact them on 4655 5022 to learn more.