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7th May 2021 Latest News

Charities band together as public urged to donate cots

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Fresh support for Treasure Boxes to help disadvantaged mothers and babies

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group is again proud to be helping disadvantaged new mothers and babies through inspiring grassroots charity Treasure Boxes, announcing its support as a Gold Foundation Partner and Gold Changemaker Partner with a fresh $65,000 grant.

The new partnership comes as a shortage of cots hits the charity, with the public urged to donate their preloved cots for at-risk families fleeing domestic violence or living in poverty.

Rikki Cooke, founder and CEO of SA-based Treasure Boxes, said she was immensely grateful for THRF Group’s support after a huge spike in demand.

Rikki Cooke, Founder and CEO of Treasure Boxes

“Since 2019, we have experienced a 580% increase in need for our services,” Rikki said.

“The Hospital Research Foundation Group generously threw us a lifeline in 2020 to keep our services open during the height of the COVID pandemic, and we greatly appreciate this new commitment to ensure the longevity of our programs.

“The Gold Changemaker partnership specifically supports our Safe Start program, which provides vital essentials for newborns such as cots, bedding, highchairs, car seats, breast pumps, bottles and sterilisers, nappies, clothing and bedding to thousands of infants and babies across Adelaide.

“We aim to support 5,000 babies and children in 2021, but also need help from the public through donations of either funds or preloved goods, particularly cots.”

Paul Flynn, CEO of THRF Group, said the organisation was proud to support Treasure Boxes’ admirable work with the $65,000 grant which will go directly to helping disadvantaged new mothers and babies.

“Our ‘Together.Fight.’ campaign is all about banding together to improve the health and wellbeing of our community, and collaborating with a like-minded organisation such as Treasures Boxes which has real impact in the community is the perfect example of that,” Paul said.

“Safe Start in particular works as an early intervention service with a focus on vital nursery equipment to keep babies safe. We all know that the earlier we can support people, the greater chance of a more positive long-term health outcome.

“Every child deserves someone fighting for their health and helping them have the best start in life.”

To donate your preloved cot, in good condition, please visit Treasure Boxes’ Edwardstown warehouse at Unit 4, 1-5 De Laine Avenue, Edwardstown during opening hours.