After more than 250 names were suggested by Gold Coast Health staff, patients, hospital visitors and locals for the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation mascot, we are delighted to reveal the winning name of the Foundation mascot is: Betty Get Better.
As the heart and soul of our local organisation, our mascot Betty Get Better will be the face of Gold Coast Hospital Foundation in the community and help spread the word about the vital support the Foundation provides to patients and their families suffering medical hardship.
We chose the name Betty Get Better because it positively represents what the Foundation strives to achieve each and every day – helping patients of all ages get better through the services and support the Foundation delivers thanks to generous community donations:
- Get better access to vital care through patient services such as the Cancer Patient Transport Service
- Get better due to improved health care and health environments
- Get better medical equipment and aids
- Get better outcomes through medical research
- And provide the platform for health staff to get better in their skills and knowledge through education and training
With your ongoing support and generosity, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation was able to help 95,009 people in the Gold Coast community and further afield during the 2016-2017 financial year.
Read all about this incredible impact made possible thanks to overwhelming community donations in our 2016-2017 Annual Report.
In July 2015 Gold Coast Hospital Foundation took over management and funding of a dedicated transport service for local cancer patients (previously known as Monique’s Bus).
With three new buses on the road, five days per week, since commencing this vital service has helped relieve the financial and emotional distress associated with regular treatment, travel and parking worries for more than 970 individual patients. One patient who regularly uses the service, Lisa (pictured), said:
“I couldn’t have got through my treatment without the transport service. I don’t know what else to say. I have no idea what I would do if the bus didn’t exist.”
On behalf of the patients who cannot afford parking and travel costs and/or have no one to drive them to appointments, we thank you for helping fund this service through donations and sponsorships.