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Real Estate Company Funds ‘New Homes’ For Premature Babies

Press Release – Barfoot and Thompson


30 November

Real Estate Company Funds ‘New
Homes’ For Premature

Earlier this week
Starship Children’s Hospital was presented with the
‘keys’ to six new tiny ‘homes’ for premature babies
at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), all thanks to the
incredible fundraising efforts of Barfoot & Thompson

Each costing about the same as a small house
deposit, these new ‘homes’ are six state-of-the-art
incubators, which will provide vital life-support for
hundreds of premature babies.

NICU Charge Nurse Manager
Dale Garton says the new incubators are much needed
additions to the fleet, helping ensure there is always a
machine easily on hand to help one of the more than 900
infants admitted to the NICU each year.

“Some of the
most premature babies will spend the majority of their three
to four month stay in NICU in an incubator. It becomes their
pseudo-womb, where they can be kept safe and warm while they
mature,” explains Ms Garton.

Premature babies often have
little or no ability to maintain their body temperature, so
incubators provide the warm environment infants need to
survive and thrive. The new machines are also equipped with
the latest humidity technology for the best hygiene and to
help combat dehydration.

“These new incubators are also
very ergonomic, providing lots of access for medical staff
and, of course, for new parents to help feed, bathe and
change the nappies of their babies.”

Not unlike
expectant parents, the delivery of the new machines to
Starship Children’s Hospital today marks the end of nine
months’ hard work and preparation by Barfoot & Thompson

Since February, agents and staff from across the
real estate company’s 60+ Auckland and Northland branches
have worked tirelessly to raise $133,000 for the cause,
almost doubling their annual target.

Branches raised the
impressive sum through everything from fashion shows, quiz
nights, comedy debates, movie nights and TradeMe auctions to
name just a few.

Peter Thompson, Managing Director of
Barfoot and Thompson which is a Five Star Partner of the
Starship Foundation says it’s a cause that runs right
through the heart of the business.

“All of our branches
have had some hand in raising this money and making this
donation possible. We are extremely passionate and
committed, and now very excited to be able to provide these
warm, clean and safe new homes for premature

About Starship

The Starship Foundation raises funds
so Starship Children’s Health can better care for New
Zealand’s children. Donations are an extra to Government
funding and provide a variety of initiatives such as new
technology, vital research, boosted family support and
preventative programmes. As a charitable organisation,
Starship Foundation exists through the generosity of the New
Zealand public who lovingly donate money and/or time to
assist in making Starship a world class medical facility.
Starship Children’s Health cares for nearly 120,000 children
from around the country each year. New Zealanders can
support these children by donating to the Starship
Foundation on 09 307 4957 or on-line www.starship.org.nz/foundation.

& Thompson knows Auckland best. It is the city’s leading
real estate company, selling around one in three Auckland
residential homes, significantly ahead of all other


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