Radio Lollipop to benefit from Transperth’s Uniform Free Day


Sweet help: Finlay, Katey, Darren, Harrison and Milla Higgs. Finlay, who was in hospital with cancer, was cheered immensely by the Radio Lollipop team.
Sweet help: Finlay, Katey, Darren, Harrison and Milla Higgs. Finlay, who was in hospital with cancer, was cheered immensely by the Radio Lollipop team.

For 21 years, Transperth bus and train drivers and other Public Transport Authority (PTA) staff have donned the brightest and loudest costumes they can to raise money for sick children.

PTA managing director Mark Burgess said the money raised would go directly to Radio Lollipop, a volunteer service that helps make the time spent in hospital a little brighter for Perth children.

“As well as a live nightly radio broadcast, Radio Lollipop volunteers also 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,” he said.

For the Higgs family of Banksia Grove, the service was hugely important when two-year-old Finlay was admitted to hospital battling a rare form of liver cancer. Finlay’s mother Katey said Radio Lollipop was “a ray of sunlight” for the more than 200 days her son stayed in hospital.