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Curing Homesickness

The feeling of homesickness can be crippling for children at the best of times, but when you add in to the equation being a young child, in hospital, away from the comfort and familiarity of home for extended periods of time, sometimes with no foreseeable hospital release date, as well as the ongoing stresses of being ill, it seems untenable.

This is why the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation has teamed up with children’s hospitals across Australia on a unified mission – #CuringHomesickness.

Every day there are hundreds of thousands of children in hospitals around the country.

With the support of the community, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation are raising vital funds to get kids in hospital home sooner or for those that cannot go home, help make them feel more at home during their treatment.

Why does the foundation need your help to cure homesickness?

Australian children and young people account for almost one million hospital admissions each year and 50% of these kids suffer from moderate to severe levels of homesickness.

Severe homesickness in children can lead to:

  • social and behavioural problems
  • symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • coping issues
  • feelings of helplessness.

In children with severe homesickness, symptoms get worse the longer they are away from home.

Being at home is the cure for homesickness.

How you can help to cure homesickness?

PURCHASE A $2 DONATION CARD FROM COLES SUPERMARKET

From 15-28 July 2020 shoppers can add a $2 donation card to their trolley while shopping at Coles.

Kate Wood with her daughters Torvi and Tessa who have both used equipment from the Home Equipment Centre. The family is pictured in-store at Coles with the $2 donation cards.

The full $2 from each card sold in South Australia will help fund the upgrade of the Hospital’s Home Equipment Centre – to get kids home sooner – and also support family stays at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s ‘Laklinyeri’ Beach House.

WCh foundation house

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s ‘Laklinyeri’ Beach House

PURCHASE A JAR OF ‘MUM’S SAUSE’ FROM YOUR LOCAL COLES SUPERMARKET

Buy a bottle of limited edition Mum’s Sause from your local Coles supermarket and 50c from every sale will support Curing Homesickness.

Find your nearest Coles Supermarket

PURCHASE A LIMITED EDITION ASSEMBLY LABEL ‘HOMESICK’ T-SHIRT

Artist G Flip wearing the exclusive and limited edition range of ‘Homesick’ t-shirts for men, women and children by Assembly Label. T-shirts are available in-store and online, with all proceeds going towards Curing Homesickness.

Purchase an Assembly Label Tshirt

For more information:

wchfoundation.org.au/curinghomesickness