Vida Charity Day

“Supporting sick kids who have had a tough start to life towards a brighter future!”

Vida would like to invite you and your family to our annual Charity Day to support a great cause, The Austin and The Mercy Hospital’s in Heidelberg. For the second year, Vida will be hosting an amazing day filled with fun activities for all ages and levels to enjoy. There will be jumping castles, obstacle courses, face painting, sporting celebrities, a doubles competition and plenty more.

All proceeds on the day will be donated to the Austin Health and the Mercy Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

So what does Austin Health and the Mercy Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit do?

Neonatal Intensive Care Units deliver services to infants who require specialized treatment for critical illnesses that occur during the perinatal period (and sometimes beyond). The services combine dedicated medical and nursing care with advanced life-supporting equipment. There are four NICUs located in tertiary hospitals across Victoria. This event will support the Unit at the Mercy Hospital in Heidelberg. 

Austin Health comprises the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. Austin Health operates 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health. Austin Health is an internationally recognised leader in clinical teaching and training, affiliated with eight universities. In addition, it is the largest Victorian provider of training for specialist physicians and surgeons. During 2013-14, Austin Health completed 95,142 inpatient admissions,177,027 outpatient attendances and 75,366 emergency attendances. They provide excellent care for newborn babies that need intensive treatment during the early stages of their lives. The unit also provides specialised care for the families of the children in intensive care, and help them through the tough and emotional time.

What is the Vida connection and why do we support these hospitals?

The first Vida Charity day was in 2014 when Vida coach Ashleigh Richardson decided she wanted Vida to give assistance to a local organisation who supported kids. There was an instant link with Austin Health, as it was very close to the Veneto Club in Bulleen and they do an amazing job with children, not just in the local area but the broader community. Ashleigh, Kane and the Vida team put together a great sport day and raised over $1200.

Click here to view all the images and activities from last years event.

In January 2015, Austin Health and the Mercy Hospital became ever so closely connected with Vida Tennis with the birth of Kane & Tannaz Dewhurst’s first child. Pictured above is Lola, on her first day into the world and below is a little of her story (in her own words of course).

“What a crazy start to life in this big wonderful world. When I arrived there were so many people in the room, and I wondered what all the fuss was about. After I saw my Mum and Dad for a brief minutes I was whisked away on a little bed to some part in the hospital they called the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU for short). I was put in this microwave oven type of thing called an incubator and I needed a little help to breath at first. I took a look around the NICU and saw I was the biggest little girl here at over 4kg (luck I was not self conscious of my weight). All my other friends in the unit were mostly tiny premature babies and I wondered why I was here, as I was over cooked!

I over heard Dad talking to the doctors while he was holding my finger (see picture below) and they told him I had a really bad case of Meconium aspiration syndrome. This means my lungs were all full of meconium and not working very good. Now the next part is a little hard to remember because I think I must have gone to sleep for a little while. When I work up there were wires and cords everywhere. I had a tube in my mouth that was breathing for me, tubes in my stomach & nose that were feeding me, a tube for me to go to the toilet and they even gave me someone else blood (thanks for sharing who ever you are). All this attention was a little strange but the lovely doctors and nurses did not leave my side for days and days. Mum and Dad were also always there and read me books and talk to me. Dad even sang me songs but don’t tell him he is not a very good signer. 

After a while I got moved to a different section of the NICU where I was able to take a bath for the first time with Mum and Dad. Although I got to remove lots of the cords and tubes they insisted on keeping the one down my nose. Now that was not in my plans, so I decided to put it out all the time, much to the disapproval of nurse Claire. I had lots of visitors in the hospital and loved all the times I got to hop of out of my crib and look around. Staring at the roof got a little boring. I had a special friends in the next crib named Alexander, I hope is he getting big like me now.

My stay in the hospital seemed to go forever but when I got to leave after a month or so they let me take home my own oxygen tank, how cool is that. Well I thought it was cool at first, but I did get sick of having to be hooked up to it all the time. It is amazing that now, 6 months later, I can’t even remember what happened. All I know is that I would not be here without the amazing people at the Mercy Hospital (NICU) and words can’t express my gratitude for them.

So, I look forward to seeing you at the Vida Charity Day. A big thanks to Ashleigh, (even though I cry when ever you hold me, I do like you) and everyone who will help make the day lots of fun. And to my special little friends currently in the NICU, you are in good hands, and I will see you in the playground really soon!”




What you can look forward to on the day?

  • Meet some of your favorite sporting personalities (Exactly who? We will be announcing someone every few weeks in the lead up to the event on our Facebook Page and we will list the people below. Last years event saw Anthony Rocca, John Aloisi, Merv Hughes, Simon Prestigiacomo and more)
  • Vida Tennis Doubles Fast 4 Competition with prizes
  • Vida Footy Kicking Challenge
  • Jumping Castle
  • Obstacle Course
  • Face Painting
  • Fastest serving competition
  • Tennis Ball Machines
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • BBQ Lunch
  • FREE entry Raffle on the day
  • and Plenty of PRIZES to be WON!

What are all the details?

Who is coming in 2015??????

Check back here to find out over the coming weeks.

How it works:

  • Arrive between 10:30am – 1:00pm
  • Purchase a package of tokens at the entry point. These tokens will be redeemable at each activity. All the activities are listed above
    • 5 tokens = $10.00
    • 15 tokens = $20.00
    • Entry into doubles competition $10.00
  • Receive your FREE raffle ticket when purchasing tokens or entry into doubles competition
  • Sign in for the Doubles tournament
    • Starting time 11:00am – Play as many sets to 4 as you can throughout the day. Highest 4 scores lead towards a winner of the tournament
  • Watch your donations help the Austin and Mercy NICU throughout the day on the white board.

We will keep a tally at the entrance and our aim is to double last year’s total of $1210. If you cannot attend on the day but wish to get involved or donate please go to our GoFundMe page and donate or email [email protected] If you would like book your name in the fast 4 doubles tournament in advance please email [email protected]

The FREE entry Raffle on the day:

The following is a list of prizes for the raffle. If you can not be there on the day we will be offering raffle tickets for sale at various locations. If you would like to help sell a book of 10 before the day, contact Ashleigh to arrange everything. We thank or partners for donating products for this event;

  1. Technika Microwave Oven
  2. Joma Tennis Shoes
  3. Volkl Tennis Racquet
  4. GG Restaurant & Bar Voucher




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