Foun­da­tion aims to draw Perth sup­port

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Waddell

Perth is set to ex­pe­ri­ence the ul­ti­mate taste of Broome this year when a renowned lo­cal char­ity that com­forts sick chil­dren looks to ex­pand south.

For the past 21 years, the Kyle An­drews Foun­da­tion has flown chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses to the Kim­ber­ley town for an un­for­get­table get­away packed with fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ini­tia­tive was launched in 1998 when 11-year-old Broome boy Kyle An­drews was un­der­go­ing treat­ment in Perth’s Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and said he dreamt of bring­ing his friends to Ca­ble Beach to make them feel bet­ter.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has blown up over the two decades and be­come syn­ony­mous with the town, with the com­mu­nity putting in count­less num­bers of hours and rais­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

And now the char­ity is go­ing to show Perth what it’s all about.

In Novem­ber, KAF will host the Broome by the Bay event in Craw­ley, a few min­utes from the city, to ex­pand its sup­porter base and give for­mer par­tic­i­pants, helpers and friends the chance to re­unite.

The event will en­cap­su­late all things Broome, in­clud­ing camel rides and live per­for­mances by lo­cal artists The Pi­gram Broth­ers, Guy Ghouse and plenty more.

KAF chair­man Matt Sear said it was the per­fect way to raise aware­ness of the char­ity down south, while giv­ing ev­ery­body the chance to see each other again.

“I think it would be great to ex­pand our sup­porter base down in Perth and this event is re­ally just the start of this new fo­cus,” he said. “At the same time, it is a bit of a re­union for kids from pre­vi­ous camps, the ‘sur­vivors’ if you like, as well as nurses, vol­un­teers, friends, so­cial work­ers and ev­ery­body else who live down in the city.

“We al­ready have the sub­com­mit­tee es­tab­lished in Perth and our goal has been to keep this or­gan­i­sa­tion go­ing by gain­ing trac­tion down there also.

“The peo­ple of Broome are in­cred­i­ble in the way that they do­nate their money and time and I firmly be­lieve this new sup­port will go a long way.”

The event will take place at Mounts Bay Sail­ing Club on Novem­ber 25 from 4pm. The Perth vari­a­tion of Kyle’s Walk that was orig­i­nally planned for this year was called off due to lo­gis­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, but Mr Sear said he hoped to get it launched by next year.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Waddell

Chil­dren ar­rive in Broome for last year’s Kyle’s Camp.

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