A fine dis­play of fundrais­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE gen­eros­ity of peo­ple from across Perth was cel­e­brated at a Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion event at Perth Zoo.

Each year, hun­dreds of peo­ple band to­gether to sup­port the foun­da­tion’s work with Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal, and now Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, through grass­roots fundrais­ers, which have raised more than $1 mil­lion dur­ing the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Denys Pearce said the an­nual thank you event, which was held on Oc­to­ber 22, was a way for the foun­da­tion to cel­e­brate the in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion and gen­eros­ity of fundrais­ers who go out of their way to sup­port WA chil­dren be­ing cared for at the hos­pi­tal.

“We are truly thank­ful for all of the peo­ple who have held or par­tic­i­pated in com­mu­nity fundrais­ing events this year,” he said.

“Com­mu­nity fundrais­ing is a great way for peo­ple to get in­volved with sup­port­ing the Foun­da­tion at a grass­roots level – and ev­ery fundraiser event, no mat­ter how big or small, goes back to sup­port­ing chil­dren be­ing cared for at the hos­pi­tal.”

One of the Foun­da­tion’s com­mu­nity fundrais­ers at­tend­ing the event was Ben Armstrong, who set a new Guin­ness World Record com­pet­ing in the City to Surf dressed as a gin­ger­bread man ear­lier this year, while fundrais­ing over $3,300 for Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

“All chil­dren have the right to be healthy and ac­tive and I hope this ef­fort con­trib­utes to im­prov­ing the lives of chil­dren in hos­pi­tal,” he said.

My two-year old son Zach has been an out­pa­tient at PMH on a cou­ple oc­ca­sions and the care he re­ceived has been fan­tas­tic – my fam­ily is very grate­ful,” he said.

For more about how to start your own com­mu­nity fundraiser, visit https://pchf.org.au/ways-to­give/fundraise or con­tact Jes­sica Bez­erra on 9489 1188 or email jes­sica.bez­erra@pchf.org.au.

Ben Armstrong with Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s Jess Bez­erra and Anne Smith.

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