Unicorn ponies visit kids at Ronald McDonald House Charities WA

Milly Atkins with the Starlight Captains and Sunbeam.
Milly Atkins with the Starlight Captains and Sunbeam.

RONALD McDonald House Charities WA had two magical “unicorn” ponies, Little Bear and Sunbeam, entertain the kids on Wednesday.

Some of the sick children and their families enjoyed the presence of the ponies and were also entertained by the Starlight foundation Captains.

Nevaeh Macintyre.

Perth Airport Environment and Sustainability officer Alice Hopson said a lunchtime presentation by team members from Ronald McDonald House had inspired her to bring unicorn ponies to the kids.

“Hearing the stories of the children at the house broke my heart,” she said.

“I have a small child too, and it really hit home how difficult it must be for the families and children who are in the house for an extended time, away from their family, friends and support networks.”

Issabella Ferguson with Sunbeam.

Ms Hopson’s mum Sylvia Hurlbatt runs an Equine Assisted Learning program, where ponies and horses are used as therapy animals.

The Bullsbrook resident first decided to turn a few of the ponies into unicorns last year.

Due to the success of the event, kids were able to meet the animals for a second time.

She said it was a lot of work rounding up the ponies but worthy for the cause.

“It’s an hour-and-a-half each way for travel and takes a bit of time prepping ponies because they don’t look like this all the time but it’s all worth it,” she said.