Dig deep for Radio Lollipop


PTA staff dressed up for Uniform Free Day last year.
PTA staff dressed up for Uniform Free Day last year.

COSTUMES have been dry-cleaned and the fundraising tins are ready to rattle as Transperth urges its passengers to ready their change for tomorrow’s Radio Lollipop Uniform Free Day.

Transperth bus drivers will be collecting donations, along with a team of volunteers who will be rattling tins from 6.30am to 8.30am at Elizabeth Quay, Perth and Perth Underground train stations, and other major stations across the network.

Public Transport Authority managing director Mark Burgess said the fundraising push marked a 21-year affiliation between the organisation and Radio Lollipop.

More than $93,000 was raised during last year’s Uniform Free Day.

“That $93,000 goes directly to Radio Lollipop, enabling them to bring a bit of fun to children and their families at what can be an incredibly scary time in their lives,” Mr Burgess said.

“As well as a live nightly radio broadcast, Radio Lollipop volunteers visit children in their hospital beds to shine a little light into their day, whether it’s blowing bubbles, face painting or just making them laugh.

“Our passengers’ generous donations keep this charity running.”

If you spot a bus driver kitted out like Elvis, or a dinosaur hanging out near your train station’s ticket barrier tomorrow, dig deep and support this worthy cause.

Radio Lollipop has outposts at Joondalup, Fiona Stanley, Murdoch, Armadale, Kalgoorlie and Rockingham hospitals, and is set to move to the new Perth Children’s Hospital.

People not commuting on the day can still donate to Radio Lollipop by visiting the Transperth website and clicking the Radio Lollipop banner.