Cape cru­saders drop by

Su­per­hero act from Rocky school stu­dents sees hand-sewn blan­kets de­liv­ered to hos­pi­tal

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A SPECIAL ini­tia­tive made sick chil­dren feel like su­per­heroes yes­ter­day at Rock­hamp­ton Hos­pi­tal.

Year Nine stu­dents from The Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar School paid a visit to the hos­pi­tal’s chil­dren’s ward to give the sick young­sters 45 capes they had hand-sewn for two weeks in class.

Or­gan­iser of the pro­gram and one of the seam­stresses from Unique Qual­ity Care in Glad­stone, Alana McMullen, ex­plained the process in­volved in the pro­gram, which started in 2014.

The capes con­sisted of dif­fer­ent su­per­heroes and char­ac­ters from films.

Alana said the pro­gram was vi­tal to the re­cov­ery process for chil­dren who have been hos­pi­talised.

“It is very up­lift­ing for them, we have seen today how up­set­ting it is to be in hos­pi­tal,” she said.

“The capes are not just for while the kids are in the hos­pi­tal room, it is also for when they are hav­ing tests.”

The chil­dren can feel se­cure by wrap­ping them­selves in the cape as a blan­ket for such fright­en­ing in­stances as be­ing in a CT ma­chine.

Alana said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would make more capes for sick chil­dren across the coun­try.

Year Nine stu­dent Lilyan Young said it felt re­ward­ing to see beam­ing smiles from chil­dren as they re­ceived the capes.

Lilyan be­lieved the capes served a greater pur­pose with the sick chil­dren rather than for them­selves.

Is­abella Shute said she was ex­cited to take part in the ini­tia­tive.

She sym­pa­thised with the chil­dren who were in hos­pi­tal and wanted to brighten their day.

“It can make them feel like they can do any­thing and get bet­ter re­ally quickly,” Is­abella said yes­ter­day.

She made a cape that fea­tured Elsa from the Dis­ney film Frozen.

The school stu­dents agreed they felt it was a bless­ing to give back to the sick chil­dren in hos­pi­tal.

We have seen today how up­set­ting it is to be in hos­pi­tal.

— Alana McMullen

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK141117CCAPES1

WRAPPED UP: Is­abella Shute from RGS with Tieesah John­son, 8, at Rock­hamp­ton Hosp­tial where Tiee­sha re­ceived a Won­der Woman Cape from Capes for Kids.

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