Wish Upon A Star Christmas Appeal

During this festive season, thousands of patients are expected to attend Barwon Health's University Hospital to receive life-saving and life-changing care, including babies and young children. Help us support our tiniest and most vulnerable patients this Christmas.

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Donate and make a difference today?

Here at the Barwon Health Foundation, we’ve set an ambitious goal to raise $250,000 to support some of the vital medical needs of our tiniest and most vulnerable, local patients.

Join us in our Wish Upon A Star Christmas Appeal to help tiny babies like Tegh and Sahib, who received life-saving care at University Hospital Geelong and, thankfully, will now be spending their first Christmas at home.

Read their story here.

Our goal for the "Wish Upon A Star" Christmas campaign can only be achieved with the support of our remarkable community.  

Our first Christmas wish is to fund 8 new state-of-the-art birthing beds for the University Hospital Geelong’s birth suites. These beds are the very latest to accommodate any birth emergency and will help support a safe and world-class birth suite environment for local mums and babies.

Our second Christmas wish is to fund 5 new CPAP ventilators to help the sickest of babies and children who are not able to breathe on their own. These ventilators can help save precious seconds and minutes in response time.

It may seem like a big goal, and indeed it is, but anything is possible when we all come together as a community to help give local babies and young children the very best start to life.

After all, Geelong families deserve the very best.

What's our Christmas wish?

Wish #1
Eight state-of-the-art birthing beds

Wish #2
Five CPAP paediatric ventilators

Tess and Cater join the appeal


Tess Holmes a much-loved make-up artist, business owner and mum-of-three, knows all too well the importance of a supportive and safe birth suite environment. Having birthed two of her children at Barwon Health and one at home, Tess says she would take a supportive hospital environment and birthing bed over her lounge room floor any day!

How can you help us support our tiniest and most vulnerable patients this Christmas?

Volunteer Christmas Wrapping

Calling for festive volunteers to help wrap presents at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre from 9th December to Christmas Eve. 

Our friends at Waurn Ponds Shopping will donate all  proceeds from the wrapping station to support the Wish Upon A Star Christmas Appeal. 

Purchase Christmas Puddings

The perfect addition to any Christmas table, a feel good Christmas pudding made with love by The Culinary Collective at The Gordon. 

All proceeds from these locally made puddings support the fundraising for vital equipment to support our tiniest patients.

Donate to help us reach our goal

Our first Christmas wish is to fund 8 new state-of-the-art birthing beds that are urgently needed for the University Hospital Geelong’s in demand birth suites.

Our second Christmas wish is to fund 5 new CPAP ventilators to help the sickest of babies and children who are not able to breathe on their own.

* Donations will be doubled up to, $35,00 on Friday 8 December 2023 only.