Patients Poppy Week at Perth Children’s Hospital

In the lead up to Remembrance Day this year, patients at the Perth Children’s Hospital will be able to take part in fun activities with a theme of what Remembrance Day means to the nation.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and RSLWA have teamed up to help commemorate Remembrance Day which marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice to put an end to World War 1.

From Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th of November, RSLWA’s ‘Poppy Ladies’ will join the hosptial’s mascot ‘Stitches the Bear’ and defence personnel for craft sessions to give the young patients a lift as part of the hospital’s Fun on Four program.

The Foundation’s Fun on Four Director, Shannon Whitwell, said the creative sessions will see young patients making cupcake poppies, colouring-in ANZAC images, the reading of stories on ANZAC and – weather permitting – playing games outside.

Ms Whitwell said children have a much better understanding of what Remembrance Day represents.

“When I see a person wearing a poppy, I feel like they’re acknowledging the service of so many soliders, sailors and airmen and women who have served our country with courage and pride,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer of RSLWA, John McCourt, said the poppy was not just a flower.

“It’s a symbol of remembrance and respect,” he said. “Every donation means RSLWA will be better able to meet the growing needs of veterans and veteran families in need in times of hardship.”

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