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School girl leads recycling fundraising for hospital

Bundaberg Hospital staff, visitors and the broader community will now be able to support the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation by simply recycling bottles and cans.

The initiative was first promoted by local student Brielle Czapracki, 9, who is the daughter of a Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service staff member, when she started collecting cans and bottles for the Foundation.

Collection bins with signage have been distributed throughout Bundaberg Hospital, while anyone dropping the bottles and cans at external recycling points can donate proceeds to the Foundation.

“Containers for Change has seen people embrace recycling throughout Queensland and it’s fantastic to support the program with collection points around Bundaberg Hospital,” Wide Bay Hospital and Board Chair Peta Jamieson said.

“If a staff member or visitor has purchased a drink with their lunch or grabbed a bottle of water during the day, they will now be able to drop it off at an onsite collection bin with the added bonus of knowing it will help contribute to the Foundation fundraising efforts.

“Bundaberg Hospital will directly benefit from the funds raised from these bottles and cans, as the BHSF will use the money to purchase medical equipment.”

BHSF Manager Anne McWhirter praised the initiative as a wonderful way to support the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

“It’s great that Brielle had the initiative and enthusiasm to start collecting and for local hospital staff to get behind the idea, which enabled her vision to become a reality,” BHSF Manager Anne McWhirter said.

“We hope staff, patients, visitors and the general community will get behind the cause by dropping their cans and bottles in one of the bins at Bundaberg Hospital or via nominating the BHSF as the beneficiary of funds they are paid at local recycling depots.”

There will be a publicly accessible bin outside the Thirst Aid Café, with a number of other bins distributed through wards and staff areas.

BHSF volunteers will be emptying the bins and collecting the items once a week to take to a local recycling depot.

Anyone cashing their cans and bottles in at a local recycling depot can support the cause by using the designated number C10054973, with the funds automatically entering the BHSF account.

For more information call the Foundation on 4150 2863.

Last updated: 26 July 2019