Pennies foundation for saving children
PERTH Children’s Hospital (PCH) started from the curiosity of a young girl in 1897 who was fascinated by an animated moneybox in a department store.
While waiting for her mother at Messrs Chas Moore & Co., the child played with the moneybox by putting pennies on the spring-loaded hand that flung them into the box.
When asked by the store owner Charles Moore what she wanted the money to go towards, the young girl said a children’s hospital.
WA did not have a dedicated hospital for children at the time, so Mr Moore formed a committee to raise funds to build the first PCH, starting with the three pennies donated by the child.
On June 30, 1908, the original hospital building on the corner of Roberts and Thomas roads in Subiaco, which is now called Godfrey House, opened its doors.
It was called PCH until Princess Margaret visited in the 1950s and it was renamed in her honour.
PCH Foundation spokeswoman Janmarie Michie said the government took over the hospital in the ’90s and committee board members established the PMH Foundation in 1998 as a separate entity to raise additional funds.
Two decades on, the foundation has reverted back to the original hospital’s namesake and marked its 20th anniversary by moving into the new PCH in Nedlands.
Ms Michie said the new location would mean the foundation would now operate from the hospital and run three areas, including Fun on Four where Radio Lollipop and Captain Starlight will also be based.
“We exist to fund new innovative equipment and groundbreaking research, the things that wouldn’t fall into the government’s existing budget,” she said.
“The hospital is a new facility and has a lot of new equipment in it but that equipment and medical technology develops fast, so we’re looking at establishing a future fund by looking at what long term needs of the hospital will be and how we as a foundation can help fund that.”
Veranda school lessons at the children’s hospital.