Funcats Event

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Since 2014, ACTON has sponsored the sailboats of the annual ACTON Funcats Challenge. Held in collaboration with Perth Children’s Hospital, the afternoon provides some of Perth’s sick children the opportunity to become apprentice sailors on the Swan River – with plenty of dry-land activities such as face painting, music, bouncy castles and food trucks to also enjoy.

Many children in attendance at the Funcats Challenge are patients at the Perth Children’s Hospital, and occasionally, representatives of the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. This is the charity arm of the Perth Children’s Hospital – and Sam Brown, who works for the PCH Foundation, knows what it is like to have a sick child, firsthand. “I know that, for myself, my other two children quite often miss out on fun things to do because Connor’s in hospital or because I’m not available. So, being able to go to the Funcats challenge as a whole family is absolutely invaluable.”

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The PCH Foundation prides itself on being holistic, providing both the equipment and expertise to sick children and their families during trying times. Also, in Sam’s words, “There is a lot of benefit from families sticking together, which, when a child is sick, is one of the things that is hardest to hold on to.”

PCH Foundation Ambassador Jack Hadley was in attendance at the most recent Funcats Challenge, and most enjoyed the day’s funfilled atmosphere. “You’ve got the rafts ready to go on the water, there’s food trucks, music, people face painting and a bouncy castle. Plus, once we get in the water it’s quite competitive, and it’s a fierce rivalry!”

“The ACTON Funcats event makes me feel comfortable because the families are just so inclusive. Normally when you have a ‘normal family’, they don’t know what it’s like to be around special needs kids. But the ACTON families have been really inclusive of us all, and we never feel out of place when we come to these events.” – Jack Hadley, PCH Foundation Ambassador

“The atmosphere – you’ve got the rafts ready to go on the water, there’s food trucks, there’s music, there’s a guy face painting and a bouncy castle, just kids all ready to go. And once we do get out on the water, it is quite competitive, and it’s a fierce rivalry.” – Jack Hadley, PCH Foundation Ambassador

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“The Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation is the charity arm of the Perth Children’s Hospital. We raise money that goes towards research, expertise, equipment – and most of these things are Australia-first, world-first things that mean that the sick kids of WA really have the chance to live their healthiest and happiest lives.” – Sam Brown, PCH Foundation

“The Foundation prides itself on being holistic, so not only do we supply equipment and expertise to the kids so they get better, but we supply things like Fun On Four, a recreational space, which means that the families also are treated. So there is a lot of benefit from families staying together, which I think that when your kid is sick, is one of the things that is the hardest to hold on to.” – Sam Brown, PCH Foundation

“It’s not just about the ambassador kids, it’s also almost a reward for the families who have to take so much time out of their days to make time for the hospital visits, the checkups and the surgeries. It’s like saying your patience is really appreciated, so we’re going to give you the opportunity to have one afternoon where you can just relax and do what you want, meet new people and just have fun in general.” – Jack Hadley, PCH Foundation Ambassador

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“Sometimes siblings get missed out when a kid is sick, and I know that for myself my other two children quite often miss out on fun things to do because Connor’s in hospital or because I’m not available or my husband’s not available, and so being able to go to something as a whole family is absolutely invaluable.” – Sam Brown, PCH Foundation

“From a personal experience having a child that wasn’t well, it means a lot to me to be able to relate to the families and what they’re going through with their children as well. Simply just seeing the expressions on their faces, it’s really heartwarming and just makes me feel so proud to be a part of it.” – Frank Bove, ACTON Sales Executive/Licensee

“I’d just like to thank ACTON for all the work that they do with the hospital and all the people that they get down that take time out of their days and give up the funds that it would have cost them to put a smile on sick kids’ faces. The work that they do is amazing, so on behalf of the hospital I’d like to say thank you.” – Jack Hadley, PCH Foundation Ambassador

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