In today’s interview, Melissa Kumar, the Events and Fundraising Manager of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation joins HPR to discuss the very important work she does for this hospital. She also promotes their upcoming 2018 El Camino Trek which will be held in Spain.
Melissa Kumar is Events and Fundraising Manager of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. She has been in this position for two years. She is responsible for running their major events for the Foundation, like the El Camino trek that was a dream of the Founding CEO which she has brought to fruition. She is extremely passionate about this particular social initiative as it not only raises funds for the development of their new emergency department at the Prince of Wales Hospital but the footage captured on this trek will be edited to VR technology resulting in providing sensory experiences for some of our future patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
Tabetha Moreto: Hello everyone. Welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host for today, Tabetha Moreto. Our guest today is Melissa Kumar, the Events and Fundraising Manager of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. Today, she’s going to talk about the nature of her work as well as the hospital that she works for. Without further ado, welcome to the show Melissa. It’s very nice to have you here.
Melissa Kumar: Thank you very much, it’s a pleasure to be here.
Tabetha: Thank you so much also. So Melissa, please tell the audience more about yourself and the nature of your work.
Melissa: Well as you said I’m the Event and Fundraising Manager at the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. So on a daily basis, my job is to fundraise to ensure our doctors, clinicians and nurses receive the support that they need and the resources to provide the best services for our patients, for lack of better words, ultimately improve the overall patient experience at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
Tabetha: Fantastic. Okay, Melissa can you tell us what is your biggest current event? What’s going on nowadays at the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation?
Melissa: That is a very good question. We are thrilled to announce we’re about to go on an inaugural trek to the Camino. It’s our first time we’re doing a physical challenge like this, so myself and 11 other trekkers are travelling to Spain next week to walk 112 kilometers in five days to raise funds for patient care at the Prince of Wales Hospital and in particular, we’re actually breaking ground on a new emergency department and so our funds will go towards that building.
Tabetha: Wow, congratulations! That sounds like a fantastic event to participate in.
Melissa: It is. We are thrilled, we have 12 very inspiring individuals coming with us. They all have been touched by the hospital by either working there, a family or friend has experienced treatment here or they are a member of the local community and wanted to give back for the future patients.
Tabetha: Yes, that sounds wonderful indeed. If you don’t mind Melissa, I can I ask you a personal question?
Tabetha: Why are you so passionate about raising funds for this hospital?
Melissa: That’s a very simple one to answer. Sitting at my desk every day and being able to fundraise is fantastic. Being able to see these people individuals come through our doors that have experienced loss or they’re going through a difficult time having a family member or friend within the hospital, they want to be off to pay it forward and make a difference to the future care of patients. And it’s just a small way that I’m able to help by organising a fundraiser or a small event to raise funds to better the next patient’s experience at the hospital. So once you meet these people face to face, it’s very easy to want to lend a hand. And in particular with this trek, I thought I’m sitting at my desk every day and I wanted to put my feet forward and show everybody that I support what I’m saying and I just want to put one foot in front of the other and challenge myself the same way these individuals come in and have their own challenges.
Tabetha: Yes, indeed. And it makes me want to help the hospital as well.
Melissa: Oh that’s wonderful to hear.
Tabetha: And speaking of donations, for those who want to help the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, how can they do that?
Melissa: That’s a very good question. You can pop onto our website. Which is www.powhf.org.au which stands for Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation and there is a lovely button there to donate and you can choose the area that best suits you where you’d like your funds to go.
Tabetha: Fantastic and I hope our listeners listening right now will be able to make their donation soon.
Melissa: Fantastic. Thank you.
Tabetha: My pleasure. And before we go Melissa, is there anything else that you would like to tell the audience? What is your main takeaway message for them?
Melissa: That it’s easy to get involved. It’s easy to make a small difference. So grab a friend, grab a colleague and log onto our website and find out the other ways that you can actually make a difference to your local community by supporting a large hospital like the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation that benefits your future care for your friends and family when they’re in a time of need and they might need our medical services. We support you and all your funds help us give the best care possible to future patients.
Tabetha: That was a fantastic message. Thank you so much for coming on the show Melissa, it was wonderful having you.
Melisa: Thank you very much for having me.
Tabetha: And that was Melissa Kumar, the Events and Fundraising Manager of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. If you like this interview, transcripts and archives are available at www.hpr.fm. We’re on all social media platforms so don’t forget to follow, like and subscribe. Show us some love by subscribing to our HPR YouTube channel. We’re also available for download on SoundCloud and iTunes. I’m Tabetha Moreto and you’re listening to Health Professional Radio.