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Author: Craig Eardley

Greater staff turn equipment bonus into gift for sick kids

The Greater Building Society’s IT staff have turned some bonus equipment into a bigger gift for sick kids.

On Friday November 14, IT staff member Craig Tye will present a Sony Playstation PS4, games, additional controller and charging station as well as a cheque for $1,189.40 to the Camp Quality team at John Hunter Children’s Hospital to help make the lives of kids with cancer a little brighter.

Mr Tye said that The Greater received some bonus PS4s when it ordered some Sony equipment for its Hamilton headquarters. Staff decided to donate some of the systems to local charities and auction off others to raise additional funds for those charities.

He said Camp Quality was a logical choice because it is a charity the Greater Charitable Foundation has supported. The Foundation this year funded a play therapist to work at the hospital.

“We thought the kids that Camp Quality work with at the hospital would really appreciate a play station,” Mr Tye said.

When hospital play specialist, Cara Dahl, gave a seminar to Greater staff she mentioned they are always looking for toy donations to help kids to learn and to explain surgical and treatment processes,” he said.

“As a dad of a young boy, who is thankfully healthy, I think the work Camp Quality does to help kids is brilliant.”

Mr Tye said The Greater will repeat the process to help other charities in the coming months including another Greater Charitable Foundation partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Camp Quality play therapists teach coping strategies to children to help them better deal with their illness and pain inside and outside hospital. They use procedural education, information, distraction and structured play.

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