Ipswich Malayali Association (IMA) has donated $1,000 to the Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) to support the Children’s Christmas Appeal.
The donation was organised by Tee Varghese, Nurse Manager, Clinical Information at West Moreton Health (WMH), and a member of IMA.
Each year IMA, which was established in 2013 representing the Malayalam language-speaking people in the area, conducts Christmas carols and home visits around the festive season. Its traditional practice for members is to make a small donation that can be later handed over to an eligible charity.
Of the 12 members on the committee, 11 are WMH employees. They are representative of several different departments including Clinical Informatics, Digital Health, ICU, Ward AMU, Ward 4F, IPH Relief Pool, Ward 7B and IPH ED.
“We were able to successfully conduct Christmas carols and home visits in December 2022 after a hiatus of about three years, due to the pandemic,” Tee said.
“This year, the committee members voted to donate the money to IHF that would then benefit Ipswich Hospital services.”
WMH CEO Hannah Bloch added, “This is a great example of our passionate employees doing wonderful work in the community and a donation to IHF”.
“Ultimately, this allows IHF to purchase more equipment for the special care nursery, the beneficiary of the Children’s Christmas Appeal,” Hannah explained.
Scott Young, CEO of IHF added, “Tee is a wonderful ambassador for both IHF and WMH, and our Foundation is very fortunate to have received incredible support from employees of WMH and their association with community groups within Ipswich”.
To learn more about the IHF or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit https://give.ihfoundation.org.au/ .