Help for sick WA kids is on the cards

Posted September 21, 2022
Help for sick WA kids is on the cards

Our friends at Coles have launched their Telethon fundraising appeal with four collectable donation cards sold in store.

Four Western Australian children feature on this year’s $2 and $5 donation cards with each design drawing on their own experience with a medical condition to raise funds for others facing disadvantages.

Aged between five and eight years old, the four incredible kids have shared their story in support of other children who need our help. The cards are now available at Coles supermarkets across the state until Sunday, 23 October to raise vital funds for Telethon.

All proceeds from the $2 and $5 donation cards will go directly to Telethon to assist our 97 beneficiary organisations to make a difference to sick, vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Western Australia.

In addition to the donation cards, Coles will sell Fat Cat dolls, and with only 5,000 dolls available at Coles, customers should be quick to avoid disappointment.

One of the donation cards features Leo, aged 7, who lives with muscular dystrophy and loves to be part of a team, in particular shooting hoops with friends at Rebound WA. His card design features a jersey, basketballs and shooting stars, and information on Rebound WA, which provides opportunities for children with a physical disability to participate in sport and recreational programs tailored to their abilities.

Leo, aged 7, is supported by Rebound WA.

Eight-year-old Ava, has cystic fibrosis and relies on medication and rigorous physiotherapy to maintain her health.  She is helping to raise funds with her Telethon card design which shows support for Cystic Fibrosis WA, a charity offering support and education programs to families in the WA community and helping improve access to critical services for children living with cystic fibrosis.

Ava, aged 8, supported by Cystic Fibrosis WA.

Nazeem, aged 5, has cerebral palsy and is supported by the Healthy Strides Foundation where he receives intensive physical therapy to improve functional mobility independence and motor skills.

The Healthy Strides Foundation is a long-time beneficiary of Telethon and is a dedicated intensive therapy centre, providing multi-disciplinary evidence-based rehabilitation programs for children with neurological conditions and injuries to improve quality of life and meaningful participation.

Nazeem, aged 5, supported by Healthy Strides Foundation.

The fourth donation card features 5-year-old Anisha, who is also supported by Healthy Strides. Spinal muscular atrophy makes life challenging for someone as little as Anisha, but Healthy Strides helps her focus on what she can do – and forget about what she cannot.

Anisha, aged 5, supported by Healthy Strides Foundation.

Coles State General Manager Pat Zanetti said he was thrilled Coles would again be partnering with Telethon and called on customers to dig deep where they can.

“Telethon is close to the hearts of West Australians, and we are incredibly proud to be supporting this year’s appeal by raising funds and awareness of the charities it provides support for,” he said.

“This year’s card designs created by the children are incredible. We hope that our customers will support this great cause by purchasing a donation card to help us make a difference to sick children in WA.”

Telethon donation cards are available at stores across WA until Sunday 23 October, and Fat Cat dolls until stocks last.