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Australian Arrow donate $50,000 to Frankston Hospital Women’s Health Unit

Left to right: Mike Lush, Australian Arrow Corporate Services Manager, Sharyn Hayles, Operations Director of Women’s Health at Peninsula Health, Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton, Australian Arrow Managing Director Craig O’Donohue and Australian Arrow Community Engagement Coordinator Kim Holland.

Australian Arrow will leave a lasting legacy for the Frankston Mornington Peninsula community long after the Carrum Downs manufacturing plant has closed, after making a significant donation to Peninsula Health on 17 November.

The gift of $50,000 will be used for a major refurbishment of the birthing suites at Frankston Hospital.

“Around 3000 babies are born at Frankston Hospital every year and this number is continuing to grow,” explains Sharyn Hayles, Operations Director of Women’s Health at Peninsula Health.

“Our specialised birthing suites are where babies are born every day and are in high demand. Four of the nine suites are in urgent need of refurbishment and now thanks to Australian Arrow we are very pleased to be able to do this.”

The refurbishment will include minor structural changes, purchasing new equipment, furniture, artwork and upgrading the technology.

“The refurbishment of the birthing suites will provide our doctors and midwives with everything they need to provide the very best care to mothers and babies,” says David Anderson, Acting Chief Executive of Peninsula Health.

“Thank you to Australian Arrow for this enormous contribution – the newest members of the Frankston Mornington Peninsula community and their families will all benefit from being able to access world class facilities, on their doorstep.”

Australian Arrow, a subsidiary of Yazaki, was first established in Seaford in 1973 and over the years has employed in excess of 1500 local people at a time. Australian Arrow supplied both technical design and production of wire harnesses and electronic components to every car manufactured in Australia, including the last Toyota Camry and Holden Commodore to roll off the production lines in 2017.

The company will cease operations this November.

Craig O’Donohue, Australian Arrow Managing Director, says there are many Frankston residents who have a connection to Yazaki through a family member being employed by the company, which is one reason why they chose to make the donation to Frankston Hospital.

“Supporting the Frankston Hospital birthing suite refurbishment will provide a befitting legacy to our local community,” says Mr O’Donohue.

“Given that Yazaki/Australian Arrow has been an important part of Frankston and impacted so many lives over its 44 year history and, the hospital has served many of our past and present associates inclusive of their own and future families, Frankston Hospital has been considered to be a most ideal and appropriate recipient.”

Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton said “although we’re sad to see this business leave our city we are grateful for their contribution back into our local community that will benefit many new families.”

Mr O’Donohue and fellow Australian Arrow employees presented Peninsula Health with the donation during a tour of the Women’s Health Unit on 17 November.

While Australian Arrow will soon close their doors for the last time, through their gift to Frankston Hospital they are opening new doors for mothers and babies on the Peninsula.

David Anderson, Colin Hampton, Craig O’Donohue, Mike Lush, Kim Holland, Frankston Susono Friendship Association Chairperson Peter Patterson and Sharyn Hayles.

For more information:

Jessica Mills
Peninsula Health Media
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au
0419 868 824