14 October 2021

Featuring online LEGO competitions, community fundraising and a live-stream singing competition, a 24-hour “festival of giving” will give back to Canberra’s hospital patients and health care heroes.

Described as the modern-day equivalent of a telethon, CAN GIVE DAY is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign run by the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will raise funds for equipment, services, and renovations to enhance patient experience treatment or hospitalisation.

CAN GIVE DAY had a successful inaugural event in 2020 which raised $315,000 and funded 14 new items and services for patients including:

  • $134,000 for a portable cardiac ultrasound machine used for outreach clinics in rural communities.
  • $133,255 for an advanced paediatric patient simulator for medical student training.
  • $4,159 to create a new adolescent mental health day service for adolescents who are experiencing significant mental health issues.
  • $3,828 for recliner chairs to make pregnant patients more comfortable during glucose testing for ACT pathology.

This year CAN GIVE DAY will be broadcast live from the AIS Mass Vaccination Centre on Friday 29 October from 10am to 3pm on Mix106.3.

Highlights on the day include celebrity interviews, announcing the winners of the LEGO competition and a drive for donations.

Canberrans who might have been brushing up on their vocal cords during lockdown are invited to sing their hearts out while raising donations in the online singing competition, with entries open from now until October 25.

Successful entries will receive a spot in the finale, which will be live streamed from the CAN GIVE DAY website from 5pm.

Judges include legendary singer-songwriter Leo Sayer, local musician Lucy Sugerman and popular HIT104.7 radio host Gemma Maddox. The winner of the finale will receive $2000, a spot on the Foundation summer concert to be held in 2022 and a mentoring session with Leo Sayer.

International musician Leo Sayer, who will be a judge for the online singing competition.

International musician Leo Sayer, who will be a judge for the online singing competition.

For those who aren’t keen singers, businesses, health teams and community groups can host their own virtual and COVID-safe activities to fundraise and celebrate, whether it be online trivia, hosting a cooking class, a virtual wine tasting or a Halloween dress-up Zoom meeting.

Donations made online on the day will be doubled by sponsors and other donors who want to inspire Canberrans to get behind the cause.

GIO has offered a corporate box to one 2022 Brumbies or Raiders game to the business that makes the most significant contribution to CAN GIVE DAY.

Want to get involved? Sign up through the website and create your own virtual or COVID-Safe event: www.cangiveday.org.au

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