Wishlist Coffee House
"On behalf of the facility I would like to express how much we appreciate the efforts of both Wishlist and the volunteers who donate their time to run the cafe. The benefits of the support provided by Wishlist are very tangible by helping to facilitate the best possible emergency care for our community." - Jason Lindeman, Director Gympie Department of Emergency Medicine
Since February 2013 Wishlist Coffee House has raised more than $370,000 for the needs of Gympie Hospital and provided a range of equipment for the benefit of local families.
Equipment includes $21,000 for an M7 stretcher for the Outpatients Department, Palliative Care beds, a BP monitor and $9,711 worth of OT equipment.
Wishlist has also secured a number of grants to fund additional equipment for Gympie Hospital such as three versacare beds for $35,000.
Another gift to be delivered to the Emergency Unit at Gympie Hospital was a $58,000 Point of Care Ultrasound thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Wishlist Coffee House team and patrons of the kiosk.
Point of Care Ultrasound is used to guide resuscitation of cardiac arrest, shock and trauma and has revolutionized emergency medicine in recent times, particularly paediatric emergency medicine.
Wishlist also donated three ultrasounds to the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service with proceeds of fundraising events and, in Gympie, Wishlist Coffee House.
The provision of state of the art POCUS at Nambour, Caloundra and Gympie Emergency units provides local emergency teams with the best possible equipment to save lives, and to help train the teams in worlds best practice, all of which helps accommodate an efficient transition to the new University Hospital opening in 2016.
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe congratulated both Manager Richard Ward on the success of the Wishlist Coffee House, and the Gympie community for supporting the enterprise so strongly.
“Local families have the benefit of state-of-the-art equipment being donated to the hospital, volunteers know they’re contributing time to an initiative that keeps on giving to their community in such an amazing way and staff and visitors to the hospital have the option of fresh, quality food and coffee on their front doorstep. It’s a win-win all around”, she said.
Wishlist are calling on all volunteers if you have a few hours to spare to serve behind a counter or help with food preparation, please phone the Wishlist office on 5202 1777 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiosk opening hours are Monday-Friday 8.30am – 3.00pm.
Photo: Wishlist Coffee House 2IC Leah Pearson with manager Richard Ward celebrating the cafe's fifth birthday in 2018. Photo courtesy of Renee Albrecht at The Gympie Times.