Goodbye 2019!

It was wonderful to see another amazing turnout of the GOG Tribe at today’s working bee on a very hot and smokey day.

It was especially fabulous to welcome new members, who were quick to take up needles and join in today’s group projects of getting labels sewn onto an amazing pile of completed goodies, winding wool and/or starting their own goodies to donate to the hospital.

As always there was lots of chat, laughter, sharing and learning among the stitching, and the Christmas period hasn’t seen any slow down in the amazing goodies finished and donated by members of the tribe! As always I am in awe, and inspired by the creativity and talent of the GOG Tribe.

It’s a GOG Xmas Eve in ICU!

The most rewarding Christmas Eve I’ve ever spent, delivering all your amazing Goodies to patients and family members in ICU. πŸŽ Something I’ll never forget and hope to repeat for many years to come! πŸ’•

The joy on everyone’s faces including the staff, as we walked with our overflowing trollies through the ward spreading as much Christmas cheer as we could, was just priceless.

Merry Christmas and thank you to all the amazing staff in ICU who welcomed us, and who will be spending this Christmas period caring for some of our local families in need. You guys really are angels! πŸ‘Ό

Thanks to the GOG community for all your support over the year and for all your amazing contributions to make Christmas special for our patients and staff. I have received so much positive feedback from staff tonight and just want to pass on many thanks for the joy you brought today.
Merry Christmas everyone – Kathleen

My patients family just LOVED the things for their child and the gown for the patient for Christmas Day πŸ₯° thank you so much for putting smiles on their faces πŸ₯° – Angela

TCH and UCH GOG Drop

Today I had the pleasure and privilege to do two GOG drops yesterday. One to TCH and one to UCH on behalf of you all out you lovely Goodeze out there!

The Fiddle Mupsters are a huge hit on many levels and Wendy from TCH Aged Care was overjoyed to receive them and will continue to provide feedback! Toni was similarly excited to receive the many blankets, Goodie Dolls and Gogsters for the EOL initiative rollout throughout the hospital. It really brings us GOGS joy to be part of such a a caring initiative, especially at this time of year.

Huge thanks to everyone who worked their magic for GOG this year!! πŸ’–

Xmas BOM Working Bee

The GOG Working Bee was a hive of activity this afternoon, as conversation buzzed, and hooks and needles flew and clacked as members worked on a diverse range of projects. It was particularly fabulous to see more Christmas themed ‘block of the month’ rugs completed and/or nearing completion, what a wonderful success this project has become and enormous thanks needs to go to those members who are pulling the squares together … as some-one who is a ‘sewing up avoider’ you are my heroes!

Even though we held our Christmas party at the last get together there was still a whiff of Christmas in the air as a number of members donned their Christmas finery again and donated even more Christmas themed goodies to be handed over to the Canberra Hospital. Every time I looked around at the cabinets laden with donations, the piles of amazing goodies seemed to grow! If ever I need inspiration, or a reminder of why I joined this wonderful group, I just need to look over these photos … there is so much creativity, skill, generosity and love in these goodies … so thank you all for being so inspiringΒ πŸ’ž – Barbara

It’s a GOG Christmas Delivery!

Yesterday we were incredibly privileged to deliver over three large suitcases full of beautifully handmade Christmas Goodies, to the Canberra Hospital on behalf of all of us here at GOG!! πŸŽπŸŽ„ What an amazing achievement!! πŸ€©

First stop, Amy who was working hard under the Foundation Givemas Tree! πŸ˜ Next it was off to the ICU balcony with Genevieve, Isabel, Richard, Kath and Tess to meet with some of the ‘ICU Angels’ who, on top of their usual busy days, will be charged with delivering some of this ‘GOG love’ over the next few weeks. πŸ’• Thank you to all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet and chat with us yesterday!

We hope these Goodies will provide patients and their loved ones with more than just physical warmth in their time of need; but the warmth contained in the hearts of each of their creators. πŸ’–

A huge thank you to everyone who had a hand in this amazing delivery! You’re kindness and caring is priceless!Β πŸ˜ŠΒ πŸ’•πŸ’–

I love how GOGs vision and philosophy connects people to make others who are in vulnerable places this Christmas a little bit better.
Thanks to everyone behind the scenes in the GOG community, ICU, Volunteer services, The Hospital Foundation and Media and Communications for all their support to make patients and families time in hospital this Christmas a bit nicer . Kathleen Cook
What a privilege to be part of this! 😍 – Amanda Hensley
Love this.

Canberra Health Services Volunteer Awards

So proud today of these two today, Mary Barlow and Carol Richards. Two volunteers representing two fantastic projects making a difference to the patient experience in ICU.

Mary representing the amazing GOG community.
Carol for all the work she does as a floor volunteer in ICU and supporting Therapy Dog Project.

Thanks to Carly Silberberg for nominating. – Kathleen

Winner!! 😎πŸ₯³πŸ₯‚
So proud of your beautiful vision, Mary Barlow! Congratulations on this official recognition. Bring on 2020!

Woolverine Christmas Super Heroes!

The Woolverines have done it again!! πŸ˜ Look at these super cute ‘super heroes’, all ready to bring some joy this Christmas! πŸ’• A huge thank you to Sue and her amazing group of generous and creative students at SFX! Thank you for your support over the last two years, and I can’t wait to see your skills and creativity grow in the future! πŸ’–πŸ’–

ICU Feedback – December

Dear Gogs,
This photo was shared with me with permission to share with the GOG community, in appreciation for this beautiful blanket that was gifted during a hospitalization and now continues to give joy and comfort at home.
Thank you GOGs. Xx

Sometimes it is very difficult for a family member to come into our ICU environment, which for some people many be sensory overwhelming. In these situations we are discovering that if those family members are supported to choose a comfort item, to be placed on their loved ones bed to represent their absence, but show their support. Later the comfort goods will be taken home by the family member that chose it. My colleagues shared this with me and fed back how therapeutic it was.
You are doing good things. Kath Xx

Guess who got adopted! Bluey.

I was naughty and opened the Christmas loot early, but just this once I promise. The patient was telling me about how much they are missing their own Bluey at home and I remembered there was a Bluey in the loot.
It is a reminder that our pets are an important part of our lives and how much we miss them when separated.