Walk for their ‘cherub’

Cockburn Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH - Belinda Cipri­ano

MUN­STER res­i­dent Di­jana Simic isn’t sure where she and her hus­band Paul and daugh­ter Alisija would be, had it not been for the sup­port of their fam­ily and friends.

The Simic fam­ily lost their beloved “cherub” Sindi four years ago af­ter a twoyear bat­tle with brain can­cer and have been hon­our­ing her mem­ory ever since.

Ms Simic said she and her fam­ily and friends would again come to­gether for a sev­enth time and take part in Sun­day’s Big Walk for PMH at Burswood Park to fundraise for the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal (PCH).

“Sindi was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in the brain stem and she passed away in my arms at home with fam­ily,” she said.

“Our friends and fam­ily have had a huge im­pact in our lives.

“It was ac­tu­ally one of my close girl­friends that in­tro­duced us to the Big Walk the year Sindi was di­ag­nosed and made a team on be­half of her and our fam­ily called Croats for a Cause.

“The rea­son we do the Big Walk each year is sim­ply be­cause we miss our lit­tle one and want to give back to the com­mu­nity to try to help other fam­i­lies go­ing through what we went through.”

Since tak­ing part in the walk seven years ago, the Simic fam­ily, who are en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to take part, have raised more that $60,000 in mem­ory of their “lit­tle Sindi” and in sup­port of the hos­pi­tal and the 3B/On­col­ogy ward, a place Mrs Simich said they were in­debted to.

“We would en­cour­age other fam­i­lies to do the Big Walk be­cause it is a beau­ti­ful walk, and it’s for such a good cause,” she said. “You never know when you might need the sup­port of the won­der­ful peo­ple at PMH.”

Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Denys Pearce said the Big Walk for PMH was a fun fundrais­ing event and had raised more than $1 mil­lion for PMH over the past 21 years.

“We’re enor­mously grate­ful for the sup­port the com­mu­nity has pro­vided over the years; they re­ally em­brace this event each year be­cause they want to help the sick kids of WA,” he said.

Par­tic­i­pants can choose to walk ei­ther 6km or 15km and the day will also fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing walk­ing through a sea of bub­bles at the start line, tak­ing a selfie with a su­per­hero and danc­ing at Jun­gle Body dance party.

Picture: Marie Nirme

Di­jana Simich with a photo of her daugh­ter Sindi, with friends Ta­nia Piro­ma­lli (on ground) and Naomi O'Hare. d475888

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