Life in hospital can be pretty boring for a child. No matter how sick a child is, they are still a child first. RMHC North Australia recognised this, and in partnership with Mt Isa Hospital, launched its first Hospitality Cart in August 2019.
The Hospitality Cart offers boredom-busters to seriously ill children and their families. Children can take part in arts and crafts activities, get lost in a good book, and enjoy a range of entertainment along with their siblings and parents.
Children and their families can also enjoy many everyday items from the Cart, including toiletries and their favourite snacks and drinks. For parents, eye-masks and earplugs ensure a more comfortable night at their child’s bedside.
Since its launch, The Cart has supported the needs of more than 100 families, helping make hospital life a little more bearable.
As always, we have our incredible volunteers to thank for making the Hospitality Cart possible. These compassionate individuals offer their time to stock the cart, deliver the goods, and consistently check-in with sick children and their families, to ensure they have everything they need.