Helping the Common Good with the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

The Common Good

Every year the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation undertakes it’s most well-known fundraising activity during the Ekka. Strawberry Sundays for the Common Good has been a well-loved tradition at the Ekka since 1989 and it will all start again this year from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 14th of August. They expect to serve over 130,000 sundaes this year which will need multiple outlets, storage facilities, and many many volunteers!

Our electricians with The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation CEO Michael Hornby
Our electricians with The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation CEO Michael Hornby

We were called on to complete electrical work on one of their new hospitality support units for the Ekka which is being fitted out at the rear of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundations grounds. This unit will help to ensure a constant and steady supply of strawberry sundaes throughout the Ekka (more on that below).

Electrician at work

About the PCHF

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation is the charity aligned with the health and medical research community-based at The Prince Charles Hospital.

Established in 1986, they are charged with the responsibility to inspire a generous community to fund life-saving and life-changing health research which is tackling Australia’s most significant chronic diseases.

Their aim is to provide more than $5M per annum to support the research teams that are focussed on the early detection, treatment and recovery from heart disease, lung disease, dementia and arthritis including improving hospital care, surgery, rehabilitation and the use of new technology.

While they located in Chermside (Brisbane, Australia) the chronic illness that they are helping to fight against, threaten the lives of 80% of all Australians. These diseases know no boundary.

The Prince Charles Hospital Fund is currently funding around 68,000 hours of research annually across 120 projects – but the need is far greater. The more hours they can fund, and the equipment they can provide, the faster health outcomes are achieved.

Volunteers Still Needed!!!

Since 1989, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation has made iconic Strawberry Sundaes at the Royal Brisbane Show, better known as the EKKA. And of course, they are doing it all again this year!

EKKA 2016 will run from Friday 5th – Sunday 14th August

The Foundation recruits 2,500 volunteers each year to help serve up the EKKA icon.

All proceeds of the Strawberry Sundaes fund medical research at The Prince Charles Hospital.

At the EKKA they hope to make and sell enough Strawberry Sundaes to support over 4,000 hours of research into tackling heart disease, lung disease, arthritis and dementia – diseases which will affect 4 out of 5 Australians

You can register to volunteer here:

Every scoop and every sundae will make a difference!