Sydney Sick Kids Appeal 2023 Wraps Up!

3 JULY 2023 | Expected time to read: 4 minutes

Pop-up mural in Martin Place


Over a massive six-week appeal, Sydney-Siders' generosity shined, allowing Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation to raise an astonishing $800,000 above our $15 million target.

With activations across both Children’s Hospitals in Sydney, giveaways to staff, patients and families across the entire Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, a community activation in Martin Place and a donation takeover at all the major CBD trains stations in Sydney, this year's Sydney Sick Kids Day was the largest to date bringing laughter, love and joy to so many kids in hospital.

The mural activation at Martin Place brought patients, families, and the public together to paint a wonderfully animated mural of Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation mascots, Milo and Minka. The backdrop of the mural evoked the cheerful spirit of children in hospital when philanthropy and health services come together to make their experience as incredible and seamless as possible. 

People painting a mural
Sydney Sick Kids Day, 22 June 2023, included massive activations across both Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, with companies like Krispy Kreme and MAC providing fun activities for all, Mama Kaz and Nudie Juice for donating snacks and drinks, visits from kids characters and heroes like Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Police and special appearances from 7NEWS Anchor Mark Ferguson, Home and Away's Emily Weir, LEGO Master's winners Henry and Michael (season 3), and Caleb (season 4), as well as players from the Giants Netballers, AFLW Sydney Swans, Jake Trbojevic from Manly Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters.
Sydney Swans players at Sydney Sick Kids Day

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Special recognition must be given to Glenorie Bakery for supplying lunch for 1,500 staff, patients and families across Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Glenorie Bakery got involved after hearing about the lunch dilemma through Jonesy & Amanda's “In a JAM” segment, where the popular radio hosts used their collective powers to make a positive impact on the community. 

Glenory Bakery delivering goods for Sydney Sick Kids Day

7News and ARN were media partners for Sydney Sick Kids Appeal, providing their services and reach to spread the word about the appeal and the incredible impact donors can have when they support Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. Patients like Nia, Laura, Coen, Hannah and William were highlighted across 7NEWS, and the willingness of these brave children and their families to share their stories was just incredible.

This incredible result would not have been possible without the support of the community and our incredibly generous dollar matcher Petbarn Foundation, who committed to $250,000 to double some donations during the appeal while also setting up a puppy play area at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for sick kids and their families. This follows the announcement that Petbarn Foundation has partnered with SCHF to deliver specialised pet gardens as part of the redevelopments for Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The pet gardens will be the first of their kind for the hospitals. 

Our CEO Kristina Keneally receiving a cheque for $250,000 from Petbarn Foundation

“The commitment of Sydney-siders and the wider NSW community to ensure children have access to the best possible healthcare, whenever and wherever they need it was proudly on display this year with Sydney Sick Kids Appeal raising $15.8M. We all know a child in hospital is a childhood on hold, and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation is committed to all children having the childhood they deserve. It is inspiring to know Sydney-siders support us so strongly in this mission,” said Kristina Keneally, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. 

The Sydney Sick Kids Appeal target-exceeding result would not have been possible without so many incredible supporters like FLATOUTbear, who partnered with Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation to create a bespoke edition of the bear with a carry bag covered in artwork from children treated at the two major Sydney Children’s Hospitals. Glenorie Bakery, Krispy Kreme, Nudie and Mama Kaz also donated food and drinks to children and families across both major hospital sites, bringing joy and smiles to many.

“We thank every single person involved in Sydney Sick Kids Appeal. Whether you purchased a special SCHF edition FLATOUTbear, raised funds through our Stream Team initiative, volunteered your time, provided food and drinks for the hospitals, or made a tax-deductible donation, you are helping give sick kids the childhood they deserve,” said Kristina Keneally. 

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Collage of Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation staff and donors making a heart symbol with their hands