KOALA Kids is very excited to announce that it is partnering @graciesgiftfoundation.weebly.com to bring shoeboxes full of fun to children with cancer in the Kookaburra ward (and the other wards) every time they are admitted.
Today little Gracie, her mum Nikki and CCC’s Merridy together with KOALA Kids volunteer Grace Kerr, distributed the first delivery of shoeboxes full of brand new items thoughtfully and generously donated by the families in Gracie‘s prep class at Mentone Primary School.
Gracie was diagnosed with Leukaemia in July and although responding well to treatment has to still undergo intense treatment for the first 6-12 months and then remission and maintenance for another 2 years. Says Nikki, “Gracie is a very strong and brave little girl and she loves to have fun and likes to keep busy!”
The shoebox of fun was Nikki’s idea after Gracie had been admitted several times, and depending on the time of day and the day of the week, was spending hours and hours with nothing to do. Due to understandably strict hygiene regulations, Nikky found that unless she bought enough of Gracie’s own toys and activities from home, they were spending hours frustrated and anxious looking for games to play and activities to keep Gracie distracted and occupied.
There are separate shoeboxes for girls and boys and each box is sealed and filled with a selection of new toys, dolls, games, colouring, stickers, activities, books.
KOALA Kids volunteer Ashleigh Pyke, herself a first time mum of a little girl, met Nicky at Mentone Primary last week and filled her car to the roof with the gorgeous colourful boxes, each bearing their own special message from a prep student to a child in hospital having treatment. The boxes are being stored at KOALA Kids donated offices at Korjo and then each Monday, another KOALA Kids volunteer, Grace Kerr will take enough boxes into the Kookaburra ward for each young child on the ward to be given one.