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The gift with heart

Telstra News

Posted on October 10, 2014

3 min read

Alisa and I are the proud co-founders of the charity Finnan’s Gift, which was set up following the tragic loss of our son Finnan.

To help ease the pain and to honour Finnan, Finnan’s Gift was started to thank and provide ongoing support to the amazing team of doctors and nurses at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Finnan’s Gift is about raising awareness and much needed funds for research and medical equipment associated with Congenital Heart Disease.

This Sunday, Alisa and I, along with a team of Telstra employees and many others, will be participating in the Melbourne Marathon Festival looking to raise crucial funds.

To date, Finnan’s Gift has raised over $800,000 with support from a generous community of Mum’s and Dad’s, businesses and individuals.

This year Finnan’s Gift has set an ambitious goal of raising $250,000 to purchase four new centrifugal pumps that are an integral component of the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation machines (ECMO) used at the RCH. These pumps provide critical support of heart and lung function in children post-surgery by pumping re-oxygenated blood around the body.

To help achieve this fundraising goal, Alisa and I have been calling on runners, joggers and pram-pushers to join Team Finnan’s Gift in this year’s Melbourne Marathon Festival. The team now has over 100 members and includes over 20 Telstra employees.

How you can get involved

While it’s too late to join the team as a participant, Team Finnan would still love your support. If you are able to donate and help us achieve our goal, then please do on the Finnan’s Gift donation page.

Team Finnan hopes that from the run they will be able to raise $25,000 to go towards their overall target. Every single dollar raised by Finnan’s Gift goes straight to the hospital, so any support you are able to provide really would be greatly appreciated.

Alisa and Oliver, with daughter Florence
Pictured: Alisa and Oliver, with daughter Florence, presenting the hospital with last year’s gift

Did you know?

  • Congenital Heart disease is one of the most common birth abnormalities
  • One in every 100 kids is born with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Six babies are born every day in Australia with a Congenital Heart Disease
  • Approximately half of children diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease require surgery to correct the defect
  • Frustratingly, it is still not known what causes Congenital Heart Disease

For more about Finnan’s gift please visit the Finnan’s Gift website.