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Gig delivered the goods for hospital

Wednesday, 30th October, 2013

(From left) Acting Manager of Human Resources Lianne McManus, Midwifery Unit Manager Elizabeth Bennett, BH Health Service General Manager Nigel Carlton and Gigs4Good organiser Carrie Oakley with the money raised from Gigs4Good. (From left) Acting Manager of Human Resources Lianne McManus, Midwifery Unit Manager Elizabeth Bennett, BH Health Service General Manager Nigel Carlton and Gigs4Good organiser Carrie Oakley with the money raised from Gigs4Good.

By Emily Roberts

More than $6,000 was raised for the hospital at a music concert last Friday night.

Musician Marie Wilson brought her “Gigs4Good: Live Music for a Good cause” to the city to raise money for a much-needed Maternal Fetal Monitoring Unit for the hospital.

The gig was held at the Community Inc. Hall and about 70 people attended.

Local organiser Carrie Oakley said the night was fantastic.

“It was brilliant, we raised $6480,” she said.

That money will go a long way to the $17,000 needed for the monitoring unit.

Ms Oakley said they will continue to fundraise until next year and would hold a car rally in March.

“Hopefully by March we will raise $17,000,” she said.

The Gigs4Good movement is dedicated to raising funds for non-profit and community organisations.

Earlier this year they held a concert here for the Early Intervention Centre and Ms Oakley said support from Broken Hill residents was always amazing.

She said they visited the hospital to see what the monitor unit does.

“Marie and I went up to the hospital on Monday. The hospital only has one fetal monitor. With this money we will be able to purchase a new one.

“Hopefully, people will help out and keep the fundraising ongoing.”

Elizabeth Bennett, Midwifery Unit Manager, said the unit and the Health Service was very grateful to Marie Wilson, Carrie Oakley and Gigs4Good for the generous donation.

“It is amazing and I feel humbled by it,” she said.

The monitor allows midwives to assess a baby’s well-being in the ante natal period and when a woman requires monitoring in labour.

“It is an essential tool in a maternity unit,” said Mrs Bennett.

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