GOOD NEWS WEEK
Jennifer Keyte and Peter Mitchell share their love of Seven’s Good Friday Appeal
Jennifer Keyte needs a good news story and they don’t come any better than The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
The Channel 7 news presenter and mother of two is used to telling viewers about the bad things happening in the world. A typical Seven News bulletin could include stories on terror attacks, crime sprees and violent assaults — enough to make anyone lose their faith in humanity.
But the Good Friday Appeal is just the antidote.
Who wouldn’t get a smile on their face at the thought of raising millions of dollars to help sick children?
“Being part of the Good Friday Appeal is heartwarming on so many levels,” Keyte says. “I see the generosity of Victorians year after year.
“How fortunate are we to have a world-class hospital like this and the care that is provided. It is inspiring to meet the young patients. “It stays with you. “Presenting news you can think the world’s not a great place but every Good Friday you come away saying, yes, the world is a good place.”
Remy (with Keyte, left) is one of those inspiring kids. The 19-month-old endured two surgeries in his first year of life to remove a tumour that had spread through his brain.
Keyte and weeknight news presenter chum Peter Mitchell also met five-year-old Lydia, from Tasmania, who will be at the Royal Children’s Hospital until at least November.
“A lot of people don’t realise that sick children can be in the hospital for a very long time,” Mitchell says. “Lydia (inset) is one of five children. Her mother is here and her father is back home caring for the other four children.”
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Good Friday Appeal telecast on Seven. Last year a record $17.45 million was raised. More than $310 million has been raised for the benefit of sick children since the Appeal began in 1931.
“When you have a child that is sick, nothing else in the world matters to you,” Keyte says.
“I remember interviewing a policeman from Tasmania whose little girl had a stroke. Half way through tears started rolling down his face. Then I was gone, too. You can’t help but be moved.
“It is a very special area (for doctors and nurses) to be looking after such precious little lives. It has got to be one of the hardest jobs in the world but the flip side is that children are resilient.
“The medical staff have told me that children heal faster than adults and so they see wonders. That is so positive.
“To go into Emergency and receive the care and the comfort and the support from the hospital staff there — you never forget it.”
WATCH ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL, SEVEN, FRIDAY FROM 9AM