Munster family to do Big Walk for PMH in memory of their ‘cherub’


Dijana Simich with a photo of her daughter Sindi, with friends Tania
Piromalli (on ground) and Naomi O'Hare. Picture: Marie Nirme    d475888
Dijana Simich with a photo of her daughter Sindi, with friends Tania Piromalli (on ground) and Naomi O'Hare. Picture: Marie Nirme d475888

MUNSTER resident Dijana Simic isn’t sure where she and her husband Paul and daughter Alisija would be, had it not been for the support of their family and friends.

The Simic family lost their beloved “cherub” Sindi four years ago after a two-year battle with brain cancer and have been honouring her memory ever since.

Ms Simic said she and her family and friends would again come together for a seventh time and take part in Sunday’s Big Walk for PMH at Burswood Park to fundraise for the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH).

“Sindi was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the brain stem and she passed away in my arms at home with family,” she said.

“Our friends and family have had a huge impact in our lives.

“It was actually one of my close girlfriends that introduced us to the Big Walk the year Sindi was diagnosed and made a team on behalf of her and our family called Croats for a Cause.

“The reason we do the Big Walk each year is simply because we miss our little one and want to give back to the community to try to help other families going through what we went through.”

Since taking part in the walk seven years ago, the Simic family, who are encouraging others to take part, have raised more that $60,000 in memory of their “little Sindi” and in support of the hospital and the 3B/Oncology ward, a place Mrs Simich said they were indebted to.

“We would encourage other families to do the Big Walk because it is a beautiful walk, and it’s for such a good cause,” she said. “You never know when you might need the support of the wonderful people at PMH.”

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce said the Big Walk for PMH was a fun fundraising event and had raised more than $1 million for PMH over the past 21 years.

“We’re enormously grateful for the support the community has provided over the years; they really embrace this event each year because they want to help the sick kids of WA,” he said.

Participants can choose to walk either 6km or 15km and the day will also feature activities including walking through a sea of bubbles at the start line, taking a selfie with a superhero and dancing at Jungle Body dance party.