Families and patients of Princess Margaret Hospital’s Ward 3B Oncology were treated to a well-deserved day of fun and magic thanks to Adventure World’s 5th annual “Big Day Out” Event.

The VIP treatment was rolled out for the in-patient and out-patient children and families of the oncology ward on Sunday 3rd April in the enchanting medieval world of Dragon’s Kingdom.

“The children and families who visit Ward 3B are amazingly strong and resilient people in the face of extremely challenging circumstances”, said Adventure World’s CEO Mark Shaw. “We want to take the opportunity to give these families a magical VIP day out at no cost to them. It’s our way of helping out”

Each year Adventure World hosts Ward 3B families with the support of supportive partners. This year’s highlight was a special guest visit and poster signing with Perth Wildcats players Greg Hire and Shawn Redhage, a performance of the Blinky Bill show, a petting zoo, face painting and balloons. Adventure World’s own Yarli the Loveable Dragon, his cheeky little sister Yarlotte and his friend Flossy the Fairy introduced the children to their friends PMH’s Stitches the Bear and Streets Paddle Pop Lion.

All of the families were treated to a special party lunch and special gifts. This day would not be possible without the assistance of major sponsors Bankwest and CCAmatil; close partnership with Rosie O Face Painters, Pirateman Michael, Kidzabuzz, the Entertainment Store and Old Macdonald’s Farm; and donations from Streets Icecream, Network TEN, Star West Event and Party Hire, Express Fresh, Ryan’s Quality Meats, Culley’s Tea Rooms, Cake Factory, Superstraps and Schnits.

Some feedback from parents:

Mum, Gabby ‘Thank you for such a wonderful day today! It was our first time we could make it, completely blown away by the level of care and entertainment! You went above and beyond for the kids, thank you for brightening their day

Mum, Clare “Amazing day for my little girl today who was made to feel like a princess, spending the day being spoilt, having fun and none-stop smiling - you did that AW! After a hard year, it was an utter delight today - your staff were consummate professionals, so efficient and super friendly”
Mum, Holly “our daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on 2nd feb. It was wonderful to be out with the kids and having fun and spending some time with the other families we see in the hospital outside the hospital. Xx”

Dad, Rod “Awesome day for our family and the other families as always can not ask for anymore, great staff , great place . Cheers”

The Biaghi Family “It was one of the best days my family has had in awhile especially for my son Jaiden who was allowed to play in the water for the first time at Adventure World!”
Mum, Kate “yet another memorable day for not only our family but from what I observed today all families that were so kind and welcoming… the bestest day ever.”

"I know that the team and I all love to see the joy that Adventure World is able to bring to these families on this special day in our events calendar and this year’s event was even bigger and better than last year’s event” said Mr Shaw.

Adventure World supports the PMH Foundation in their endeavors to improve the lives of all children at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Donations can be made via their website www.pmhfoundation.com

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