Westmead challenges community to support underprivileged

Westmead Hospital; Julie Clarke
Westmead Hospital’s Christmas Angel Julie Clarke

Westmead Hospital is challenging staff and the community to generously contribute to this year’s Smith Family Toy & Book Appeal.

Our own Christmas Angel and finance business support officer Julie Clarke has supported this campaign for the past seven years, and aims to collect more than 2,000 toys for kids in need.

“I really want to help kids with no parents or families to show them that people care and are thinking of them at this festive time,” Julie said.

“Many families sit around the Christmas tree on Christmas morning unwrapping gifts, and some kids don’t have that luxury. It really tugs at my heart strings that some young Australians are underprivileged and miss out.

“You can contribute new items including toys, books, board games, Barbie dolls, stuffed toys, sporting equipment and money. Anything you bring will be gratefully appreciated.”

Last year, Julie and her team of “elves” collected more than 1780 gifts for children of all ages and hopes to increase the amount this year.

“I realise people are busy and their time is precious, so if you are unable to find the time to shop, you can donate money and I will purchase the gift for you.”

Gifts or money can be dropped off at the following locations by COB 11 December:

  • Westmead Hospital – Information desk, main entrance.
  • Blacktown Hospital – Main reception counter near Gloria Jean’s Coffee Shop
  • Mount Druitt Hospital – Administration and booking office level 2
  • Auburn Hospital – Reception desk

Please do not wrap any of the gifts. For further information, contact Julie Clarke on 8890 9916 or Julie.clarke3@health.nsw.gov.au