Humpty Dumpty Foundation donates much needed equipment to maternity ward at Manning Hospital

Ray Martin AM on a previous visit to Manning Hospital with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.
Ray Martin AM on a previous visit to Manning Hospital with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Manning Hospital will benefit from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s “Great Humpty Ball” with the donation of a jaundice detector valued at $4780 for the hospital’s maternity ward.

Close to 400 Humpty supporters joined Humpty’s patron and television royalty Ray Martin AM on Saturday November 4, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney for the black-tie gala dinner. On the evening, over $900,000 was raised to fund 88 pieces of essential medical equipment which will be donated to many of the 361 children’s hospitals and health services the charity supports nationally.   

All babies are checked for jaundice (yellowing of the skin) on a daily basis.  The jaundice detector is used to help clinicians determine the jaundice levels through the skin without harming the baby.  If jaundice is left untreated there is a possibility of cerebral palsy, deafness and/or brain damage.

“Once again our Humpty supporters have made a real difference to young Australian lives by raising almost one million dollars. It is a real testament to the generosity and goodwill of the guests who attended our 27th Great Humpty Ball,” said Paul Francis OAM, Humpty Dumpty Foundation founder and executive chairman.

“On behalf of the young Aussie lives who will benefit from this medical equipment to the medical professionals who bring about positive outcomes, I thank each and every one of our supporters for these kind donations,” he said.

Having now raised well over $60 million and continuing to make a significant impact on the lives of sick and injured children at children’s hospitals and health service centres in every state of Australia, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation was established over 28 years ago by Paul Francis OAM.  

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has enjoyed long-time support from its patron; television journalist Ray Martin AM; Olympian Jane Flemming OAM – ambassador/board member; and Wallaby great Phil Kearns AM, ambassador and Founder of the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn.

Through annual fund-raising initiatives including the Good Egg lunch, Balmoral Burn and the Great Humpty Ball along with the support of generous individual and corporate donors, in 2016 the Humpty Dumpty Foundation delivered over 500 pieces of medical equipment to hospitals across Australia.  

Locals, community and business organisations interested in supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and their local hospital by donating a piece of medical equipment or by making a donation can view the wish-list at or contact the Humpty Dumpty Foundation on 02 9419 2410.