Kathy Criniti from Criniti’s Restaurant Wollongong made a special visit to the Wollongong Hospital Children’s Ward on Friday.
Ms Criniti was there to make a special presentation of $5000 to help Wollongong Hospital care for sick children in the Illawarra.
The money was raised as part of the Pizza for a Purpose initiative held as part of the official VIP launch of the newest Criniti’s restaurant in Australia in mid July.
The family owned restaurant business wanted to give back to and thank the Wollongong community for giving it such a big warm welcome.
At the official opening night was attended by hundreds of people on July 18.
There were 2399 slices of pizza eaten.
And for every slice money was donated to the Children's Ward at Wollongong Hospital.
The new Italian restaurant in Keira Street is the ninth Criniti’s in Australia and the first new eatery in a national expansion that will soon include Perth and Brisbane.
The next Criniti’s to open will be in Carousel, Western Australia.
Around 50 jobs were created with the opening of Criniti’s Wollongong. The restaurant has been busy every night since it opened and is expecting a big Father’s Day turnout on Sunday.