Hope’s win did her ‘world of good’

Central Leader - - News -

Hope Ma­lik, 9, is a win­ner.

The St Francis Pri­mary pupil re­cently won the ear clinic colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Star­ship hospi­tal.

And as a re­ward for her ef­forts Hope will have her art dis­played in a new mo­bile ear clinic to be do­nated to the hospi­tal by Mer­cury En­ergy.

Hope says the words in the draw­ing rep­re­sent what is im­por­tant to her.

She also thinks win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion was “cool” be­cause it took her mind off the time she spent in Star­ship re­cently be­cause of a heart con­di­tion and sev­eral bouts of pneu­mo­nia.

The Bal­moral school­girl was also ex­cited that she could buy a cam­era af­ter re­ceiv­ing a West­field voucher for win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.

Hope’s mum Melissa says re­ceiv­ing top prize in the com­pe­ti­tion did her the world of good.

“It was some­thing pos­i­tive she could take out of the hospi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

Mer­cury En­ergy re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Richard De Luca says they are thrilled Hope’s draw­ing will wel­come fam­i­lies to the ear clinic.

The $165,000 mo­bile clinic has been built specif­i­cally for com­mu­nity set­tings.

It aims to help pre­vent re­cur­ring ear prob­lems, which should re­duce num­bers of chil­dren be­ing hos­pi­talised.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Top drawer: St Francis Pri­mary stu­dent Hope Ma­lik with her de­sign which will ap­pear in the new Star­ship mo­bile ear clinic.

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