Yawa Aquatic Centre makes an early splash for the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal

From left to right, Radiology Supervisor Damien Barbour, Yawa Aquatic Centre Guest Experience Manager Clare Black, Rosebud Hospital Patient Services Manager Julie Richardson and Yawa Aquatic Centre General Manager Dan Andrews. Photo: Supplied.

The soon to be opened Yawa Aquatic Centre has begun what it hopes will be a long standing relationship with Peninsula Health, supporting staff as they raised more than $27,000 for Rosebud Hospital.

Doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff rode, ran and cycled throughout February as part of the revamped Summer Appeal. 

For the first time ever, Peninsula Health encouraged the community to make a healthy pledge to walk, run or ride – to help purchase vital equipment and new technology at Rosebud Hospital.

Damien Barbour was among the staff who took up the challenge. The Radiology Supervisor completed a gruelling trek right across the Mornington Peninsula, amassing just over 1000 kilometres cycling and 200 kilometres running.  

“It was a great chance to combine my love of exercise and to raise money for vital medical equipment here at the hospital,” says Damien.

“Cycling, running and walking can be done individually, but they are also those great social activities where people of significantly differing abilities can come together.”

“As someone who values physical activity, I cannot wait to have access to a leading sports and recreational facility right here on the Mornington Peninsula, and I’m so proud as a health service we’ve been able to begin what will hopefully be a long partnership – even before Yawa has opened.”

Yawa Aquatic Centre was pleased to partner with Peninsula Health for the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal, donating two Annual Memberships to help incentivise fundraisers.  

Funds raised this year will go towards the purchase of new equipment for our doctors and nurses, specifically the iSimulate – a smart integrated simulation ecosystem.  .  

“The simulation training develops critical skill sets and impacts directly on the quality of care we can provide to our patients in an emergency situation,” says Jacqui Allen Rosebud Emergency Department, Nurse Unit Manager 

“The iSimulate will improve team communication in high pressure time-critical situations, practicing skills and responsibilities they would experience in a real-life emergency”.

To get the latest updates ahead of the opening of Yawa Aquatic Centre, including how you can become a foundation member, go to yawa.com.au