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Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Kristi Schneider

Every month a former patient puts $25 cash in an envelope and has a friend drop it in to the Frankston Integrated Health Centre reception. Kristi Schneider, Fundraising Coordinator, posts the man a receipt with a personal thank you every time. “I give every donor a receipt and a handwritten thank you,” explains Kristi. “My appreciation is sincere, whether they are giving $5 or $200.”

As well as managing donations and the donor database, Kristi is the first point of contact for all donors. “Donations arriving in the post often come with dried flowers or long notes about why they are donating – usually because they’ve had such good care from our staff,” says Kristi. “When I talk to donors over the phone they tell me about medical issues, family members, divorces and all sorts of personal things.”

A Hastings resident and mother to two teenagers, Rylee and Zak, Kristi manages the data for all of Peninsula Health’s major fundraising appeals, including the Tax, Christmas, Autumn and Spring Appeals, the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal and Take A Break For Cancer. Donations totalled $1.8 million in the 12 months to June 2019. “Every little bit helps and I think anyone who gives us money is amazing,” says Kristi.