Local schools helping make a difference
Distraction and interaction...that's the name of the game.
Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts by fifty year 4 students at Gilson College, our young patients are now enjoy the use of mini iPads and headphones to keep themselves entertained.
The classmates raised more than $2200 to buy five iPads and personal headphone sets for young Western Health patients, after they were each given $5 for an assignment to teach them about making money and helping people.
Teacher's aide Tania Trakosas said the students were asked to "grow" their original $5, which they did by buying items to begin projects such as cake stalls, car washes and movie nights.
Afterwards, the young entrepreneurs decided they wanted their fundraising efforts to benefit other children in the west.
The classmates chose to purchase iPads for young patients at Sunshine Hospital's new children's ward.
Last week, Ms Trakosas and teachers Justin Martin and Sean Johnson accompanied the students on their hospital trip, which was led by a Western Health public affairs official.
"He said two of the iPads are going into circulation tomorrow straight away solely for the kids to keep them occupied if they have to have a needle or get their leg set in plaster, something like that," Ms Trakosas said.
"It was really good – volunteers at the hospital came out and asked the students what they were doing there and everyone congratulated them."
Two of the devices are being used by paediatric outpatients as a distraction to the children while they are being seen to, while four are being used in the children's ward to help them pass the time of day. Each of the devices have been uploaded with age appropriate apps that are both educational and fun.
Below, Michelle, 6, is keeping herself entertained in the children's ward after her little tumble on the monkey bars keeps her off school
Here we have paediatrics outpatient Regent, 7, having his mind focused on other things so that he doesn't feel a thing while our medical team attend to his arm