We stand shoulder to shoulder with patients, families, researchers, nurses and clinicians.
The Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Ambassador Program exists to share the inspiring stories of the patients and families of Perth Children’s Hospital. These stories recognise the bravery and resilience of our families, inform Foundation supporters of the world-class research, equipment, expertise and training and positive patient experiences we fund and promote the ongoing efforts of the hospital to care for the sick kids of WA.
We recognise that every family’s story is unique. When asking our donors for funds for complex medical equipment, ground-breaking research, world class expertise and training and positive patient experiences, hearing the stories of families who are benefitting is a very powerful tool. By sharing your story you can help us to:
- Provide real examples of how the money we raise is put to use to encourage further corporate and community support for WA’s world class paediatric hospital.
- Help other families who are undergoing medical issues who may feel alone and afraid of what the future may hold.
What does being an Ambassador involve?
We are mindful of the time pressures for families – especially those facing medical challenges with their children. You can be involved in as much or as little as you like!
We would love to have a chat about your family’s journey so we can tell your story. Personal photos of your child’s journey to accompany your story are very powerful, so we may ask you for some.
We may also organise a professional photographer and/or videographer to take some beautiful pictures or video of your child and family to use with the story. During this photo/video shoot, we may ask you to interact with your clinicians or record your child undergoing treatment here in the hospital.
You will have final approval of what information we share with our supporters. An example of the type of images and stories that we have used in the past is included over the page.
There are a range of platforms that stories can be used for, including fundraising campaigns and proposals, media, the Foundation website, Annual Report, social media, marketing collateral (such as posters), and profiles for specific pieces of equipment.
You may be asked to speak at events, be an Ambassador spokesperson for an event or appeal or appear on marketing collateral as the face/story of a Foundation campaign.
As a thank you for sharing your story, you will receive invitations to specific ambassador events, such as the Dreamnight at the Zoo, shows such as the Wiggles, sporting events such as AFL games or a day out on a boat, fishing or cruising the Swan River. We know that your family often miss out on activities such as these due to your child’s medical needs, so to be able to provide memories to our families is very important.
Meet our Cherry Auction Ambassadors, Toby (9) and Ava (10), who both live with a rare disease and receive support through the Rare Care Centre at Perth Children’s Hospital. An iconic WA tradition, the Cherry Auction raised an incredible $120,000 in its 31st year, as the first cherries of the season went under the hammer
Meet Luca (3), a fun-loving, cheeky little fellow who was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma just before his second birthday. Just weeks before he turned two, Luca bumped his head when he slipped in the garden. His mum Di, a Kalgoorlie based nurse, knew something wasn’t right when he started getting black eyes. Luca was diagnosed
Meet Cameron (7), he loves playing footy, cars, and being outside in nature. Shortly after birth, he was whisked away for heart surgery, and later diagnosed with Kabuki syndrome, a rare disease causing extensive medical issues affecting his eyes, hearing, kidneys, heart, and muscles. Cameron, mum Sarah and sister Bailee, now visit PCH 2-3 times
For most of her life, Andie’s family didn’t know why the left side of her body was larger than her right and why she had facial and dental abnormalities, along with vision and hearing impairment. It was through global collaboration that doctors finally received the diagnosis of an extremely rare condition, RHOA related mosaic ectodermal