There are many, varied examples of how this help works in practical ways, even beyond funding. Just one example is our donation to help HeartKids Australia. HeartKids Australia is a charity focused on securing the future and enhancing the quality of life of kids with Childhood Heart Disease (CHD). Hyundai Help for Kids provided a new Hyundai Tucson for an eBay charity auction, with all proceeds going to HeartKids Australia to support their annual Sweetheart Day campaign which contributed towards the $270,000 raised for the charity in month of February.
Another key example of direct help is in the area of medical research. Recently, funding has been put towards a program of truly revolutionary research being done at the Kids Research Institute at The Children's Hospital at Westmead , where 3D printers are being used, for the first time, to produce implants for children with broken bones.
The Engineering & Prototyping Implants for Children (EPIC) lab at the hospital is doing truly amazing work, and now has the capability to produce implants overnight that would previously have taken six months to make manually.
Twelve-year-old Tiana Stalley suffered a severe leg fracture at age four and has had to endure 10 operations over three years to straighten and strengthen her leg, because the implants she was given were designed 20 years ago and her bones had to be cruelly cut to fit them.
The new technology, which will use 3D modelling to produce an implant that's bespoke for each child, will mean far less surgery for kids like Tiana, and no need for the patients to wear unsightly, uncomfortable external cages, as she did. Tiana's mother, Nicole Stalley, who has visited the EPIC lab with her daughter, says the benefits will be enormous.
"Children will not have to go through the number of operations that Tiana has had, and that, all on its own, is amazing," she said.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner, from the NSW State Government, which also provides funding to EPIC, says 3D technology is revolutionising implants which can now be tailored to a child's individual needs.
"This means less time in hospital, a shorter period of healing and, most importantly, better functioning for the growing child," said Ms Skinner.
The innovative system also helps doctors prepare for surgery by allowing them to practice first with a precise 3D model. The Children's Hospital says the first of these life-changing devices will be fitted to a child later this year. Hyundai is immensely proud to be a major contributor to the high-techfit-out of the EPIC lab.