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Kids and teds cuddle up for new ward

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 04/05/2012
Kids & Teddies

CELEBRATION: Natalia Parker-Edwards, 6, and Luci Kolesi, 6, at the WellKids Teddy Bears' Picnic.

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Kids and their fluffy pals celebrated the launch of the WellKids campaign with a Teddy Bears' Picnic at Waitakere Hospital on May 1.

WellKids is a six-week campaign to raise $150,000 for the Rangitira children's unit.

The Rangitira Unit opened in 2005 at Waitakere Hospital. The paediatric ward serves children from all areas within the Waitemata DHB, including the North Shore.

North Shore children aged under 14 are admitted to the Rangitira Unit for all cases, aside from those with surgical or orthopaedic needs who are directed to Starship.

The unit is undergoing a $3 millon expansion.

New additions will include 10 extra beds, a new isolation room for children with infectious diseases, a purpose-built playroom, an outdoor garden area, a parent kitchen and more single bedded rooms.

Money raised by the WellKids campaign will be used to buy toys, medical equipment, furniture and to create themed areas making the unit more child-friendly.

Youngsters enjoyed facepainting, balloon shaping with Cherry the Clown and a bouncy castle at the launch party held at Te Waitakere Oranga Marae.

But perhaps most popular was the special Teddy Bear Hospital where nurses had their work cut out patching up sick and injured teddies.

Eric Xie, 6, took his teddy bear Daniel to be treated by nurse Gaylene Leabourn.

"I took him there because he had a broken head after he fell off his skateboard," Eric says.

-10 Text KIDS to 2449 to make a $3 donation to WellKids or visit waitematadhb.govt.nz for more information

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