A heartfelt donation

HEARTBEAT Gawler branch recently donated over $13,500 towards the purchase of two paediatric monitors at the Gawler Health Service.

The vital equipment will be used to monitor local babies and children, along with adults, at the local hospital.

Heartbeat Gawler fundraiser co-ordinator Lance Hatcher said the money was donated following a year of successful fundraising events, including bingo tickets and two badge days.

“A unique feature of Heartbeat’s constitution provides that all funds raised by any branch must be provided for the local health service of the branch,” he said.

“This means that all funds raised by Gawler branch are used to provide equipment to the Gawler Health Service.”

Heartbeat Gawler has provided over $167,000 worth of cardiac-related equipment to the local hospital since the branch was formed in 1990, including around $12,700 towards the cost of two similar monitors in 2015.

Heartbeat is a statewide organisation aimed at providing reassurance to people who are dealing with cardiac health problems, and raising funds to provide cardiac-related equipment to local health services.

The group’s next badge day will be held on May 19.

Laura Tilley


Laura Tilley joined The Bunyip team after completing her Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia and working at sister newspaper The Murray Pioneer, Renmark, recently. Laura undertook a student exchange to the UK, where she studied journalism courses at the University of Worcester. She completed several stints across different media outlets where she found her passion for journalism.

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