Keep your change handy for Radio Lollipop Uniform Free day this morning

Transperth bus drivers Angus McNaughton, Kuldeep Singh, and Royston and Jacqui Karaitiana.
Transperth bus drivers Angus McNaughton, Kuldeep Singh, and Royston and Jacqui Karaitiana.

TRANSPERTH bus and train drivers and other Public Transit Authority (PTA) staff will once again don fun costumes for the 23rd annual Radio Lollipop Uniform Free Day on Wednesday.

Radio Lollipop, which stands for Lots Of Love and Laughter In Place Of Pain, is a children’s charity which sets out to bring a little ray of sunshine to children in hospital with in-ward activities and visits from volunteers.

The Charity is also a nightly kid’s radio show, allowing kids the chance to call in from their beds and request their favourite songs.

The event is to raise money for sick kids in WA hospitals.

PTA managing director Mark Burgess said staff and passengers raised more than $77,000 during last year’s Radio Lollipop Uniform Free Day.

“It’s not just children who attend Princess Margaret Hospital that benefit; Radio Lollipop have seven satellite sites at hospitals throughout the state, with outposts at Princess Margaret, Joondalup, Fiona Stanley, Murdoch, Armadale, Kalgoorlie, Midland and Rockingham hospitals and set to move to the new Perth Children’s Hospital.”

Mr Burgess said in the past three years the funds raised on Uniform Free Day helped Radio Lollipop establish services for children at the new Midland and Fiona Stanley hospitals, funded play equipment at Joondalup and a playroom at Armadale hospitals.

He also praised passengers’ generosity towards the event and said even a small contribution helped.

“Whether it’s funding face paints, books or craft supplies, a little change can make a big difference” Mr Burgess said.

A team of volunteers in Radio Lollipop T-shirts will be collecting donations at major stations between 7am and 9am.

People not commuting on the day can still donate at www.transperth.wa.gov.au.

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