Charities working together

The Movie Maker Project at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has been made possible with the support of KOALA Kids and a grant from Robert Connor Dawes Foundation.  KOALA Kids provided a range of costumes on the rack from Frozen’s Princess Elsa to Captain America plus wigs and accessories as well as a Hollywood mirror, canvas tent (to be used as a changing room. KOALA Kids also provided the coat hangers, garment bags, and a rack with the support and generosity of companies like Then BeautyCostume Collection and Delta’s Dazzling Costumes.

Lucas at the Dressing Table at Peter Mac
Lucas at the Dressing Table at Peter Mac

The grant from Robert Connor Dawes Foundation was used to purchase a computer plus the software, Final Cut which cleverly allows digitally recorded sounds, music, videos and photographs to be blended together to make a movie.  The grant is also helping to finance one day a week when Caroline Ngo, radiotherapist come movie producer can dedicate her time to these recordings with the children, and then edit and produce the final ‘take home movie’.

“We want to have the costume rack in the media room so that the kids that come in on filming days  get to dress up and play with props, footage that is later incorporated in their keepsake videos,” Caroline told KOALA Kids.

The children and adolescents attending Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for radiotherapy now have the opportunity to be filmed in superhero costumes in a dedicated dressing room with media production props.  And the kids are loving it.  The recordings take place during the appointment time for radiation therapy in an effort to create some fun and enjoyment, and make a treatment, that can be daunting and scary, a little more bearable .  A very professional looking CD is then produced showing each child’s personal experience with radiotherapy at Peter Mac and presented to the family at the end of their radiotherapy treatment along with a KOALA Kids certificate of bravery.

The Robert Connor Dawes Foundation was established in July 2013 to support research, care and development of paediatric and young adult brain cancer after 18 year old Connor Dawes passed away from brain cancer in April 2013.  Connor had his radiation treatment at Peter Mac.