Pen­nies foun­da­tion for sav­ing chil­dren

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Lauren Pi­lat

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.

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