Clarkson: Ocean Keys Christmas party raises funds for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation

Brax Hicks with Stitches and parents Gary Hicks and Brooke Somner in background. All photos: ASCP Photography
Brax Hicks with Stitches and parents Gary Hicks and Brooke Somner in background. All photos: ASCP Photography

ABOUT 100 children joined a morning tea at Clarkson’s Ocean Keys Shopping Centre to raise funds for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Donations from the Kids Club Christmas Party on December 2 go towards medical expertise, clinical research, leading-edge equipment, distraction therapy and activities and collaborations.

About 100 children attended the Kids Club Christmas Party at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre.

The $2325 raised last year went to Fun on Four, a place where patients and families can spend time away from a clinical setting while at the hospital.

Merriwa parents Brooke Somner and Gary Hicks have spent a lot of time at Fun on Four with son Brax (4) having been in and out of hospital since he was born.

Marius and Cornelia with Lennair (8) and Marinel (12) Brits, of Eglinton.

Born with one kidney and a number of other serious medical conditions, Brax has had close to 30 surgeries, one of which was a kidney transplant, with the organ donated by Ms Somner.

Mark and Julia with Nieve (3) and Fletcher (6) Hills, of Butler.

She said this month marked one year since the transplant and while successful, it was not a cure, with treatment ongoing.

“We’ve spent a huge amount of time at hospital – we haven’t yet gone a full month without an appointment,” she said.

Marika with Natalie (5), Hayley (2) and Dean (8) Butchart, of Clarkson.

“Because we spend so much time in hospital we go to Fun on Four a lot.

“It’s an incredible spot; it doesn’t feel like you’re in a hospital – it feels like you’re in a fun park.

Caitlin Henwood (6) of Kinross, Maddi Theelen (6) of Joondalup, Chloe Guy (7) of Joondalup, Summer Kalmurray (6) of Muchea, Leanna (7) and Katelyn (9) Lambert of Joondalup.

“There is so much to do – the kids can totally immerse themselves and forget about their sickness or appointments and just be kids having fun.”

Sylvia and Tabiana Syvak, of Quinns Rocks.

More than 13,000 children have spent time at Fun on Four since the hospital opened in June, with 26,402 visitors in total including parents.

Jace (8) and Violet (6) Myers, of Clarkson.

The precinct offers art, craft and music areas, dedicated spaces for toddlers and teens, a sensory room, cinema; outdoor play area and a book bunker.

Kaitlyn Evans (9), of Merriwa.