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Foundation helps fast track surgery for NQ kids

The QCoal Foundation has helped fund life-changing ear, nose and throat surgery for 14 children in North Queensland.

The children underwent operations in Mackay earlier this month, supported by the QCoal Foundation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network and Arrow Energy.

The Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Bhatia said the surgery was coordinated by highly regarded ear and hearing health service CheckUP, which received a $10,000 Community Growth grant earlier this year.

“CheckUP is a federally funded service but needed additional support to fast track surgery for a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in regional and remote parts of Queensland,” she said.

“Without prompt treatment for debilitating ENT conditions and follow-up support, these children could have been at risk of delayed speech and educational development, which can lead to lifelong disadvantage.

“The Foundation was very happy to support such a worthy initiative and wishes the children and their families all the best in their recovery.”

The final round of applications for this year’s Community Spirit grants of up to $2000 closes on August 31, 2019. For more details and to apply click here