The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation has launched its Helping Hearts campaign to raise $105,000 to purchase a vital portable cardiovascular ultrasound system for the Darling Downs Health Service. Throughout the month of August, the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is calling on the community to put their support behind the campaign which will culminate in a world record attempt at St Saviour’s Primary School Hall for the most people doing aerobics simultaneously while dressed in fluorescent clothing on Sunday 26 August.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy said every little bit raised will go a long way in helping change the lives of patients across the region. “Purchasing this vital piece of equipment will mean the world to the Darling Downs Health Service and all of our beautiful patients that visit our health service each year,” she said. Alison said she was very excited to officially launch Helping Hearts and she welcomed FitLab Toowoomba on board to be part of the campaign. “I welcome our community to donate where they can and to join us for our Fluro Aerobics World Record attempt on Sunday 26 August to help us reach our target of $105,000.”

Toowoomba Hospital Cardiac Scientist Unit Supervisor Feena Enfantie said the portable ultrasound equipment is vital to improving patient access to specialty cardiac services at Toowoomba Hospital and within the wider Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, making a big difference for both staff and patients. “The biggest difference this machine will make is that it will allow staff to perform scans while our patients are receiving treatment and for us to be able to attend appointments in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to them,” said Feena. “Our vision for the future is to take our services on the road and establish remote outreach clinics within the Darling Downs in rural and regional areas that don’t have easy access to this type of care and services.”

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