Royal Giving Day – Thank YOU for Raising it for the Royal

Tuesday 29 June 2021

A huge THANK YOU to supporters of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation Royal Giving Day after our fundraising goal of $500,000 was exceeded by more than $100,000.

The RBWH Foundation’s 24-hour appeal was held on Wednesday June 23 in support of hospital-led research, staff education and patient care initiatives. The funds raised on the day came from community donations and fundraising, plus the incredible fundraising efforts of RBWH health care workers.

As of Tuesday June 29, just over 1900 donors to Royal Giving Day boosted the tally to a staggering $612,000 and the total was continuing to slowly increase.

From superstar pop musicians to a cross-departmental tug of war, Royal Giving Day set RBWH abuzz with Channel Seven’s Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac kickstarting the appeal, showcasing the best of RBWH to a national audience.

RBWH Assistant Physiotherapist and former brain injury patient Reece Crawford was front and centre on Day 14 of his marathon 21-day treadmill challenge. In 2014, Reece was forced to learn how to walk again after a motor scooter accident left him with serious head injuries. RBWH not only gave Reece back his life, but the hospital also inspired a career change from car salesman to physiotherapist.

Reece now uses his passion for running as a platform to fundraise for medical and clinician-led research and by the time his Run 21 for the Royal challenge ends on Wednesday June 30, Reece hopes to have raised $21,000.

Celebrities also lent their shine to Royal Giving Day, with Australian celebrity chef and RBWH burns patient Matt Golinski joining home-grown Aria award winners, pop band Sheppard, in the phone room. Upstairs at the YouCan Centre, Australian singing sensation Conrad Sewell and the Stairwell Project’s volunteer musicians led a music workshop with young cancer patients.

Just as entertaining were the off-camera antics of RBWH fundraising teams in a battle for the Royal Giving Day Cup. Competition was fierce and undoubtedly a highlight was Cancer Care Service’s tug of war which pitted RBWH Departments against the Queensland Fire Service.

Donors though were the true stars of the day, from those who donated handfuls of coins to others with cheques for thousands of dollars. Each came with a story of gratitude and the stories were priceless. Among them, mouth cancer patient Reinhard and wife Irene who presented $30,000 to RBWH Head and Neck cancer experts. Reinhard was diagnosed just as COVID-19 hit last year, forcing the couple’s overseas holiday to be cancelled. The money set aside for their holiday was donated instead.

All funds raised will be distributed to RBWH areas of need, including research grants, health worker education and patient friendly initiatives.