Radio Lollipop: commuters urged to give generously for sick kids

L-R: Rick Jones and son Darcy, from Wanneroo; Jen Fahy and son Reef, from Quinns Rocks; Natasha Guerinoni and daughter Amelia, from Joondanna. Photos: PTA
L-R: Rick Jones and son Darcy, from Wanneroo; Jen Fahy and son Reef, from Quinns Rocks; Natasha Guerinoni and daughter Amelia, from Joondanna. Photos: PTA

TRANSPERTH employees are gearing up for the 22nd annual Radio Lollipop Uniform Free Day on Wednesday March 15.

For 22 years, bus and train drivers, as well as other Public Transport Authority staff, have donned fun costumes to raise money for sick kids in WA hospitals.

More than $93,000 was raised by staff and passengers during last year’s Radio Lollipop Day.

A portion of these funds enabled Radio Lollipop to establish a service for children at the new Midland Hospital.

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They also provided a new outdoor play area for the children’s ward at Joondalup Health Campus and built a new playroom for patients of the children’s ward at Armadale Hospital.

“All the money raised on Uniform Free Day helps Radio Lollipop volunteers bring a little magic to the lives of sick WA children,” PTA managing director Mark Burgess said.

“Hospital can be a pretty scary place for anyone – let alone kids – so Radio Lollipop’s live nightly radio broadcasts, and volunteer visits are really important.

“Children can participate in the radio show in-person, call in to the show, request songs, and even get the VIP treatment with fun volunteer visits right to their ward.”

A team of volunteers will be collecting donations at major train stations across the network between 6.30am and 8.30am on Wednesday.

Mr Burgess urged people to give generously during their commutes on Wednesday.

“Our passengers’ generous donations keep this charity running, whether it’s funding face paints, books or craft supplies – a little change can make a big difference,” he said.

“So if there’s a gingerbread man at your train station or Batman driving your bus to work on March 15, please dig deep and help us keep Radio Lollipop broadcasting.”

People not commuting on the day can still donate to Radio Lollipop by visiting www.transperth.wa.gov.au and clicking the Radio Lollipop banner.