The Shane Ruthenberg Resource Library

The Shane Ruthenberg Resource Library

Welcome to the Shane Ruthenberg Resource Library.  The library contains a wide range of resources produced by BUSHkids ― including fact sheets, tip sheets, research papers and our recent annual reports ― all of which you can view and download.

The resource library is named in recognition of the contribution the late Shane Ruthenberg and his family made to BUSHkids. As a child Shane was supported by the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme to have lifesaving surgery and, to show their gratitude, Shane and his family gave back to the organisation by volunteering and raising funds to support other needy children.

Shane Ruthenberg 1959-1990

Shane Ruthenberg was born in Lowood in the Brisbane Valley during November 1959. At a very early age Shane was diagnosed with a combination of congenital defects that we now know lead to congestive heart failure and which meant he was forced to spend most of his early life in hospital.

During the late 1950s the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme started sending desperately ill children interstate for specialist cardiac surgery that at the time was not readily available in Queensland. In 1963 the organisation sponsored Shane and his mother to travel to Melbourne where he received pioneering open-heart surgery.

After the major lifesaving operation, Shane made a remarkable recovery. His grateful parents began raising funds for the organisation and, with the support of the Lowood community, formed a branch of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme. The Lowood branch, in which Shane and his parents were the driving force, held annual concerts in aid of BUSHkids and was very energetic in raising funds.

Thanks to assistance from BUSHkids Shane was able to lead a normal, active life. Tragically he died shortly after his 30th birthday from an aortic aneurism which had remained undetected during his periodic medical checks following his open-heart surgery.

In 1987 Shane’s mother, Bev, was made an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme in recognition of her outstanding fundraising efforts in aid of the organisation. It is fitting that we further acknowledge the contribution the Ruthenberg family and the community of Lowood made to BUSHkids by naming our resource library in memory of Shane.

Timeline of BUSHkids' first 80 Years

This timeline charts the history of BUSHkids, and the key people and places in the story of our first 80 years of service to the children and family throughout rural, remote and regional Queensland.

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KRAs

Each KRA has a specific GOAL. The MEASURES are how we define our progress towards that goal, and the ACTIONS are the steps we take to achive it.

Please click on the KRA image below to open a much larger version in which you can zoom in on specific areas.

Our Plan

Our Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018

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Media


BRISBANE

BUSHies History Book Launch – Various media clippings from 2016 capturing the launch of the BUSHkids history book “BUSHies”

Commemorative plaque presentation – Moreton bay regional council newsletter – January 2016, Issue 47

Everyone wins as graduate lends hand – Northside Chronicle May 10, 2017


BUNDABERG

Ten new jobs for NDIS hub – Children to get vital support from intervention centre – News Mail February 23, 2017

Smile from ear to ear with new centre – Bundaberg News Mail – August 31, 2017


DALBY

Seminars for parents prove positively helpful – Dalby Herald – March 18, 2016

Reading program to help kids grow – Dalby Herald – March 24, 2016


EMERALD

Showing support, Charlie Wilson to help with Friends of BUSHkids – Central Queensland News – June 24, 2016

BUSHkids charity golf day – Central Queensland News – October 14, 2016

Hole-in-one for worthy charity – Central Queensland News – October 13, 2017


STANTHORPE

Reading boost for Stanthorpe – Stanthorpe Border Post March 3, 2017


WARWICK

Linda helps parents fine the fun again – Triple P Tip Paper, Autumn 2016

Event pulls town together – Warwick Daily News April 8, 2016

Family man a friend to Rose City service – Warwick Daily News August 13, 2016