Pasta sauce funding respite for sick children

Just like mum used to make: Coles Victor Harbor Customer Services Manager Maddy Wenham and Store Manager Rob Kidman model Mum's Sauce, with sales raising money for the Beach House.
Just like mum used to make: Coles Victor Harbor Customer Services Manager Maddy Wenham and Store Manager Rob Kidman model Mum's Sauce, with sales raising money for the Beach House.

Coles Victor Harbor is currently fundraising for the locally operated Beach House - South Australia's first purpose-built holiday home for families with children with complex medical needs - through the sale of its Special Mum's Sauce.

Mum's Sauce was created as part of a national fundraising campaign, with 50 cents of every jar sold going directly towards helping sick children across Australia.

Astoundingly, the newly opened Coles Victor Harbor is leading sales nation wide having sold almost 2,000 jars to date.

Funds raised are being donated to the Beach House through the Women's & Children's Hospital (WCH) Foundation.

Coles Victor Harbor Store Manager Rob Kidman said the local community had so far been amazing in their support of the fundraiser which is now in its final week.

"Being the number one store in the country for sales is phenomenal," he said.

"The way the community has embraced Mum's Sauce in Victor Harbor and across the Fleurieu has been incredible and we couldn't thank them any more for their support.

"It's great to be supporting the Beach House, which was opened last Sunday and is a wonderful facility to have here in Victor Harbor."

The Beach House which is located on the waterfront at Encounter Lakes, is specifically designed, constructed and medically equipped to meet the needs of some of the WCH's sickest children and recently welcomed its very first family through the doors.

Australian children and young people account for almost one million hospital admissions each year and 50 per cent of hospitalised children suffer from moderate to severe levels of homesickness.

Mum's Sauce which retails for three dollars, can be purchased from a large display at the front of Coles Victor Harbor.

Coles Chief Property and Export Officer Thinus Keeve said mum's cooking is often what kids missed most when they are in hospital, so Mum's Sauce was developed to taste just like home cooking.

"It has real ingredients, no added sugar or artificial nasties. It uses mum's secret ingredient, pumpkin to give it a natural sweetness delicious taste," he said.