ST Stephen’s School Carramar primary students received a surprise visit from Fat Cat on Monday.
Students had gathered for an unscheduled assembly, with whispers of ‘why are we here’ quickly turning to cheers as the beloved children’s character came into view.
High-fiving and waving at the students, Fat Cat was joined by Year 4 student Kaide Stratton to celebrate the announcement of his role as one of the Telethon Stars for this year.
Kaide and Fat Cat have been spending a lot of time together in the lead up to Telethon on October 20 and 21.
He joked that preparation has included “some filming, then more filming and then filming again”.
Principal Donella Beare said despite Kaide being just over 1m tall, his personality and zest for life was palpable.
“Kaide’s smile lights up a room and his sense of humour and quick wit make him such a pleasure to be around for young and old,” she said.
“He is such a bright and bubbly student, has a wonderful family, and I think Telethon will be all the richer for having him involved to spread their message.”
Kaide is one of just 20 Australians who have the rare Morquio A disease that deprives him of an important enzyme.
The Carramar Year 6 students have been fundraising for Telethon recently, already bringing in more than $1000.
To donate, go to www.telethon7.com.