A message from our CEO

02 May 2022

Shining a light on kids' health

Sick kids want nothing more than to experience a normal childhood. Instead of doctor’s appointments, they want to be on the playground; instead of hospital stays they want to be at sleepovers, and instead of experiencing things for the last time, they want to be going through many more firsts. Sick kids are extraordinary, but what they and their families long for are just the ordinary days that many of us take for granted.

SCHF is currently preparing for our much-anticipated Sydney Sick Kids Appeal, where we are hoping to raise much-needed funds to help give more sick kids the ordinary childhood they deserve. Each year at tax time, the Sydney Sick Kids Appeal shines a light on the many children and families who need our help. It showcases inspiring stories of courage and bravery, celebrates innovation and collaboration, and rallies together our community of unstoppable changemakers who hold the power to make an extraordinary difference.

What we do together for kids’ health is truly extraordinary. As a Movement of Many, fighting for the health and wellbeing of all children in this ever-changing world, I cannot thank you enough. Whether you attend our events, participate in personal challenges, volunteer, or donate what you can, every contribution helps to create revolutionary change in the lives of all children.

At SCHF, we are committed to all children, and as we approach National Reconciliation Week, we are determined to drive meaningful action that can make a difference to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Our First Nations peoples continue to lead the world in some of the worst statistics, including suicide and heart disease, and we’re determined to make a change. That’s why we’re continuing our yearly pledge to commit all unspecified funds raised during National Reconciliation Week to the Aboriginal Health Unit, to make an impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities locally and beyond.

I hope as your read through this edition, you are inspired by the difference you make and feel encouraged by how you can continue to future-proof the health of children for generations to come. You are creating endless possibilities and I thank you for continuing to go all in for kids’ health.

Nicola Stokes 

Chief Executive Officer 

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation

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