Give Me 5 For Kids close to home for Triple M presenter Sean Cullen
Published at: 28 Jun 2019
AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE, TRIPLE M’S SEAN CULLEN VISITED GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH’S CHILDREN’S WARD, CONDUCTING A LIVE BROADCAST TO LAUNCH THE GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER. HIS PARTNER, CHARLOTTE CASSIDY, WAS HEAVILY PREGNANT, BUT THE PAIR WERE BLISSFULLY UNAWARE BABY CULLEN WAS DUE TO ARRIVE FOUR WEEKS EARLY, REQUIRING USE OF THE VERY EQUIPMENT THIS YEAR’S FUNDS WILL GO TOWARDS.
Triple M breakfast presenter Sean Cullen and partner Charlotte Cassidy learnt firsthand just how important the radio station’s Give Me 5 For Kids fundraiser was this month.
The annual fundraiser is held during June and raises funds for Goulburn Valley Health’s children’s ward and maternity services.
Sean and Charlotte welcomed their baby boy almost four weeks early, which meant he arrived during the fundraising month that his dad had worked hard to promote on air.
The Triple M Goulburn Valley breakfast program host launched Give Me 5 For Kids earlier this month at GV Health’s children’s ward and, just weeks later, returned to the hospital, this time to the maternity ward.
Sean said he could not believe it when their little baby boy needed to go in an isolette bed – something this year’s fundraising would be put towards.
“There’s so many great fundraisers around which is great but to see firsthand where the money from Give Me 5 For Kids will go toward was fantastic,” he said.
Maternity services manager Carmel Brophy said the beds cost about $29,000 each and were essential to contain and transport premature babies safely.
GV Health maternity services’ Cindy Batey said the current beds on the ward were more than 20 years old.
Sean and Charlotte said they welcomed their baby boy on Saturday, June 15 when he spent about three days in an isolette bed.
Their baby soon built up strength and was ready to go home within the week, but choosing a name proved to be the difficult thing.
The pair this week announced their first child’s name – Emmett Thomas Cullen.
Ms Batey said the new isolette beds would have improved functions and allowed for less handling, which was optimal for newborns’ wellbeing.
“We’re always looking to upgrade and improve here,” she said.
The annual Give Me 5 For Kids fundraiser has almost wrapped up with a number of events held throughout the month to raise money for the cause, including last night’s huge trivia event.