The biggest walk you’ll take


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Julian Vicentini, Reporter

The Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Big Walk is back, bringing a new, re-imagined event for its 13th consecutive year of raising money for the sick kids of Western Australia.

The Big Walk is the first ever major fundraising event for the new Perth Children’s Hospital, taking place on Sunday 17 March on a new 6km route at the Burswood Park Foreshore, encompassing the beautiful surrounds of the Swan River and Perth Stadium.

The main aim of the day is for people to make a real contribution to sick Western Australian children and their families. The Big Walk is also a great way for the community to have a fun, family day.

After being long-term supporters of the Big Walk for several years, financial services company Euroz Limited has become the new naming right sponsor for the major fundraising event.

Andrew McKenzie, Euroz Limited Executive Chairman said: “The Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation is a great organisation and when they came to us about six months ago, needing a major sponsor, it was a pretty easy decision for us to put our name on it.

“It’s a larger amount of money, it’s a bigger commitment and because we are the naming sponsor we are going to have a lot more staff involved, a lot more friends involved, and we are going to try and get people along on the day to help raise money for the Perth Children’s Hospital.”

In a media statement, Foundation CEO, Carrick Robinson said: “The Foundation is looking forward to the support of the Perth community to ensure the 2019 Big Walk is the biggest and best fundraising event to date, and is incredibly grateful to Euroz for supporting the event with a three-year commitment.

“The team here at the Foundation are hoping to achieve over 2,500 participants and, together with the support of the community, raise in excess of $100,000.”

Through its own foundation, Euroz Limited has been promoting the Big Walk and many other fundraising events on social media.

Mr McKenzie explained: “All of our charitable efforts for our business go through our Euroz Foundation which is about 12 years old, we’ve now given away about $1.5m dollars to mostly the WA local charities. So, the foundation itself is our main mechanism.”

With a new reimagined event for 2019, major changes have been made in the date, location, hospital and also include a new method for where money raised can support the hospital. The money will still go directly to the Perth Children’s Hospital but this year participants will be able to choose which area of the hospital they would like their fundraising dollars to be directed towards.

There are 12 areas of the Perth Children’s Hospital where your money can help the sick kids of WA; Aboriginal Health, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Burns, Neurology, Cardiology, Oncology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Refugee Clinic, Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory, Mental Health and Area of great need.

In a media statement the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation highlights Conor Brown, a 14-year-old boy who has endured 65 surgeries and hundreds of medical procedures.

“The Atwell teen was born with systemic lymphangiectasia, a very rare medical condition that causes swelling throughout his body, a reduced immune system, and fluid to collect in his chest and abdomen. He has also developed sight and hearing loss, and osteoporosis.”

The hospital suggests that people in the fortunate position of not personally knowing a sick child can use the stories of young people like Conor as examples to inspire their fundraising efforts.

To take part in the walk and make a difference click here to register.

To donate to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, click here.