Cycle way to aid newborn support

GEARING up for a good cause, Human Appeal Australia members joined Sydney Muslim Cyclists for a charity ride followed by a sausage sizzle at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital on Sunday.

About 80 cyclists were joined by Lakemba MP Jihad Dib, Deputy Mayor Bilal El-Hayek and hospital management and staff including General Manager Peter Rophail, Head of Obstetrics Department Dr Karen Harris and Birthing Unit Manager Ronia Awick.
The Birth and Babies Appeal was launched to raise funds for a much-needed Ultrasound and Telemetry Machine to be used in the Birthing Unit.
“It is such an important initiative to support, I’m happy to be part of it,” Mr Dib said.
The new Deputy Mayor had a special reason for signing up.
“Eight years ago, my wife and I lost a child that was born at the hospital,” Cr El-Hayek said.
“While the staff were great, it was obvious that they were using ageing facilities.

“That’s why it’s so important the NSW Government delivers on its promise to build a new $1.3 billion hospital. In the meantime, the money raised will be used to purchase vital equipment. I encourage residents to give generously.”
With the goal of raising $75,000, the campaign will conclude with a Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 19, at the Australian National Sports Club in Parry Park.
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