Record tally for WDHS 'Gorilla' Appeal

CLiaison's picture August 1, 2019


The Annual Western District Health Service (WDHS) Hospital Door Knock Appeal has received overwhelming support this year, bringing in a record total of $88,455.

The record amount has been raised in just two months and surpasses previous appeal tallies by over $25,000.

The funds raised will replace ‘Eliza’, one of two ‘Gorilla’ branded Operating Theatre sterilisers at Hamilton Base Hospital (HBH). Coleraine and Penshurst will also benefit from the funds raised for a bladder scanner and recliner furniture for these campuses.

Theatre staff have had fun with the current ‘Gorilla’ sterilisers, nicknaming them ‘Harry’ and ‘Eliza’ to differentiate between the two, and adding a few personal touches over the years, including jewellery and a beard.

When ‘Eliza’ needed replacing WDHS staff really got on board, dressing up in a gorilla suit and visiting different areas of the hospital to raise awareness.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says the ‘gorilla’ promotion has assisted in making the steriliser project more appealing and it has really resonated with the public.

“I think the quirkiness of the ‘gorilla’ branding, coupled with the very real need for a new steriliser has certainly hit home with many of our donors. Without these sterilisers, our Operating Theatres which deliver over 3,000 procedures each year, simply couldn’t function.

We are always astounded by how well the Door Knock Appeal is supported, but this year seems to have been exceptional,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

A replacement steriliser will cost $135,000, so further fundraising events will be carried out later in the year to assist us in reaching our target.

WDHS actively runs fundraising campaigns each year to help purchase new equipment and improve the Health Service for the local community.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such amazing support to assist us in developing our facilities and meeting the needs of our residents and patients.

A big thank you to our community who understand how important it is to have a first class health services in our region and continually get behind our fundraising appeals and events,” Mr Fitzgerald said.