Babies can breathe easy, thanks to motorcycle club

Red Knights Motorcycle Club members Judy Teuma, Shauna Wilson and Rob Wilson (middle, right) in the Special Care Nursery at Werribee Mercy Hospital with Jane Galloway and Jill Baker (left, second from left). Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Alesha Capone

A motorcycle club has raised $1750 to help Werribee Mercy Hospital buy a piece of life-saving equipment.

Members from the Wyndham chapter of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, along with hospital staff, gathered in Mercy’s Special Care Nursery last week, to present the Neopuff machine.

The machine provides respiratory support to babies, including premature infants, who are born with breathing difficulties.

To raise money for the hospital, members of the Red Knights – which is a social motorcycle club for past and current firefighters, their families and partners – held a Poker Run in February and a Christmas in July event.

Jenny Anning, from the Mercy Health Foundation, thanked the Red Knights during the presentation.

“We appreciate the support and ongoing support, community support is so vital for us to continue to do what we do,” she said.