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sunSCHine raises over $1.1 million for sick kids

28 October 2019

Australian’s warm and generous hearts were shining bright on Friday 25 October when Sydney’s elite gathered to celebrate our 10th annual SunSCHine event.

An incredible $ 1.1 million was raised to fund life-saving medical equipment for critically sick children. 

Nearly 500 guests attended the evening, including interior-designer Darren Palmer and fashion-designer Camilla Franks. 

Entertained by their hilarious host Mary Coustas “Effie” and solo artists Guy Sebastian and Samantha Jade, guests were left beaming as they enjoyed a full-course meal by celebrity chef Justin North.

Parent-speaker Maria captivated the guests’ hearts when she shared the incredible story of her daughter Tia.

Two years ago, Maria’s beautiful and healthy Tia suffered a brain aneurysm from a blood clot, caused by an arteriovenous malformation she was born with. Rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Tia underwent multiple surgeries to save her life.

Close to nine months later, and after 35 days in ICU, Tia was discharged from Hospital. She spent the majority of her 15th year learning how to breathe, eat, talk and walk again. Despite her battle, Tia has returned to school full-time and undergoes regular therapy.

Tia’s miraculous improvement was on full display at SunSCHine, when she shared the stage with her proud mum.

On the night, Maria thanked the Hospital’s staff: “My family and I cannot thank the Hospital enough for all their support and help and effort throughout her journey, from specialists, doctors, nurses, ward staff, physios, OTs, Speech therapists, Music therapists, receptionists, and cleaners. They were all amazing and caring, we owe them everything and we are very grateful.”

The funds raised at SunSCHine will help to purchase Vital Signs Monitors for kids in critical care. We are tremendously grateful for all the generous attendees who continue to support the Foundation and kids like Tia.

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research