Emma and her family; Zoe Plumb, Sandra Plumb, Stephen Plumb, Emma Jones, Nathan Jones, Josh Plumb, Terra Plumb, Hayley Brewin, Sadie Plumb and Rhett Scott at the Noah’s Gift Charity Ball. Photo courtesy of Foons Photography.

Nathan and his family; Tracey Jones, Geoff Jones, Elise Taranto, Lachie Jones, Emma Jones, Nathan Jones, Cam Jones, Chloe Jones, Reece Jones at the Noah’s Gift Charity Ball. Photo courtesy of Foons Photography.

THE Noah’s Gift charity night was held on October 6 in honour of the first birthday of Nathan and Emma Jones’ son Noah, who passed away with a rare heart condition in 2017.
All funds raised from the charity ball were in support of the cardiac ward of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The spectacular night featured some great auction items including signed Collingwood and Richmond memorabilia and holiday packages.
Live music performed by Darcy Fox saw the crowd flood the dance floor and enjoy a special dance to celebrate a truly great night.
Organisers Emma and Nathan Jones were thrilled with the night and were extremely grateful for all the support the received.
“If it weren’t for our 90-plus sponsors, guests, volunteers, committee and all who had donated/contributed to the night our event would not have been possible,” organiser Emma Jones said.
“We are extremely humbled by the support of our friends, family and our local community. In total we raised $32,463.99, and still have donations rolling in.
“Nathan and myself were extremely fortunate to have Noah’s surgeon accept the cheque on behalf of the cardiac ward on Friday and it was a great experience to see exactly what the money will be spent on.”
Professor Yves Dudekem is a world-class cardiac specialist who is highly regarded in his field, the money raised has funded the purchase of a new radiant infant warmer which is a vital piece of equipment utilised for newborns admitted to RCH intensive care unit.
The machine is the first to be purchased for the hospital in 20 years and every other machine is currently providing care for other sick newborns within the ICU.
“This is just the beginning of our fundraising journey, we hope to continue to find different ways to raise money for a cause so close to our hearts,” Emma added.
“It becomes an addiction when you see and feel the difference it is making for the children still in intensive care.
“No parent should ever outlive their children, if we can continue to lower the odds and lessen the suffering, then that is all we could really hope for.”
Radiant Infant Warmer Cots will place staff and families in closer contact with critically ill infants and provide all needed resuscitation and care equipment immediately at hand on the one platform.
Advances in design and capability of infant radiant warmers and resuscitation means an opportunity to develop new models of care that provides optimal care.
This equipment enhances the management of vulnerable and critically ill infants, improving safety, optimising resuscitation and quality of care and providing best practice care.
It puts the family and carers at the centre of the care of the infant – providing world leading practice.
This will improve both the safety and family experience for the sickest infants at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Nathan and Emma would like to personally thank the 90-plus sponsors, all guests, family members, volunteers and people who simply donated for making the night such a success.
All guests who had a photo taken on the night have their complimentary photo available for pick up at Foons Photography this week.
If guests require extra photos or photo frames to display their images we also ask them to further support Foons by purchasing through them.