November 19, 2018

Students raise funds and community spirit

Last week, we welcomed over 15 students from the Employment Pathways Program at Melbourne Polytechnic College to Northern Hospital Epping to thank them for raising funds for the Northern Health Foundation.

Their annual fundraiser raised $900, which was collected at a morning tea earlier this month. The students made delicious treats and received a gold coin donation from all attendees.

Northern Health Foundation staff met students for a cheque presentation and thanked them with morning tea.

Northern Health have been in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic College since 2013 and during that time, have raised over $5,000 for the Northern Health Foundation.

Students from the college who are learning English as a second language come into Northern Hospital Epping to practice their speaking and listening skills.

They are buddied up with our hospital volunteers and help offer tea and coffee in outpatients and the emergency department waiting room and sell raffle tickets. The more confident students guide our visitors around the hospital.

Some students even return after the completion of their placement and become registered volunteers with Northern Health.

Northern Health Foundation Director, Yvonne Amos, expressed her appreciation for their ongoing support to our commitment of providing trusted care to our community.

“On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank the students from Melbourne Polytechnic for their support of Northern Health by raising funds from their annual morning tea,” she said.

“The support they have shown for their local hospital is a reflection of the community spirit that is ever present here in the north.”