Our Story

A message from our co-founders Veronique and Lincoln

We were personally touched by MCH with our son Ashton, who was born extremely premature at 24 weeks. Ashton spent the first 6 months of his life in the Monash NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Due to complications he had 18 hospital admissions over the following 2 years, spending a combined 30+ weeks back in hospital. Including the Monash PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) after almost losing him on several occasions.

22 months after Ashton was born we had our 5th child. Madeleine was born premature at 29 weeks, and we spent the next 3 months in NICU. With three other children at home, and several admissions for Ashton during the same period, this was without doubt the hardest period in our lives.

Spending day after day at your child’s bedside, watching them struggle to survive, you experience the emotional rollercoaster of amazing highs and devastating lows. You come to the realisation that life is a paradox, both amazingly strong and incredibly fragile at the same time.

These experiences made us realise how little control we have over the illnesses and/ or injuries our children suffer. However, what we can control is the quality of facilities, technology, training & medicine we provide to assist in the treatment of our children.

We are very excited about the future of Monash Children’s Hospital, and what it will provide Victorian families. The new MCH will provide a purpose built facility to meet the special needs of children and their families. It will create a child friendly environment where they can continue their intellectual and physical development, while receiving the best treatment available to aid in their recovery.

“Ashton spent the first 6 months of his life in the Monash NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Due to complications he had 18 hospital admissions over the following 2 years, spending a combined 30+ weeks back in hospital.”

A message from our co-founders Veronique and Lincoln

We were personally touched by MCH with our son Ashton, who was born extremely premature at 24 weeks. Ashton spent the first 6 months of his life in the Monash NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Due to complications he had 18 hospital admissions over the following 2 years, spending a combined 30+ weeks back in hospital. Including the Monash PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) after almost losing him on several occasions.

22 months after Ashton was born we had our 5th child. Madeleine was born premature at 29 weeks, and we spent the next 3 months in NICU. With three other children at home, and several admissions for Ashton during the same period, this was without doubt the hardest period in our lives.

Spending day after day at your child’s bedside, watching them struggle to survive, you experience the emotional rollercoaster of amazing highs and devastating lows. You come to the realisation that life is a paradox, both amazingly strong and incredibly fragile at the same time.

These experiences made us realise how little control we have over the illnesses and/ or injuries our children suffer. However, what we can control is the quality of facilities, technology, training & medicine we provide to assist in the treatment of our children.

We are very excited about the future of Monash Children’s Hospital, and what it will provide Victorian families. The new MCH will provide a purpose built facility to meet the special needs of children and their families. It will create a child friendly environment where they can continue their intellectual and physical development, while receiving the best treatment available to aid in their recovery.

We’ve helped raise funds for

PICU Equipment

In 2018 $430,000 was raised to allow the purchase of a new echocardiograph for the PICU, ensuring the best possible care for our children.

NICU Cots

In 2017 $420,000 was raised to fund life saving NICU transport cots for our smallest patients.

In Room Entertainment

In 2016 $380,000 was raised to fund in room entertainment and communication centres.

Previous Galas

2018 Gala

2017 Gala

2016 Gala

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