A gift that will last generations.
Imagine a world, in which kids can heal through nature and play.
“When you’re having a really tough time, when anyone is getting a little bit emotional, you go outside into nature and it’s instant relief.”
- Di, Luca’s mum reflecting on the healing benefits of nature
By supporting the Greenspace redevelopment, you will make a lasting difference for children like Luca. Just weeks before he turned two, Luca bumped his head when he slipped in the garden. His mum Di, a Kalgoorlie based nurse, knew something wasn’t right when he started getting black eyes.
Luca was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a form of cancer which grows in the body’s nerve cells and is most common in kids under 5 years. Along with his twin brother Noah, Luca and his family relocated to Perth so he could undergo life-saving treatment at PCH.
A difficult, 15-month journey involved what felt like endless rounds of biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, stem cell rescues (reinfusion of a patient’s own stem cells), radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
There were many hard and dark moments. But there were slivers of joy amidst the heartache as the twins celebrated their second and third birthdays inside the hospital walls. Having a therapeutic natural environment nearby would have made the world of difference to the family.
Your donation will help transform the Greenspace into a therapeutic, healing environment.
About the Greenspace
Located at the northern end of Perth Children’s Hospital, the Greenspace grassed area will be transformed into an immersive, natural environment. Sitting on Noongar land, the upgraded Greenspace will incorporate traditional and contemporary cultural themes and Dreamtime stories, creating a rich, experiential space to cultivate wellbeing and much needed respite for patients.
“People often feel better in natural surroundings compared to built environments, you have all the smells, the colours, the sounds, the things you can touch and that makes people feel relaxed and happy,”
- Maren Lindheim, Clinical Psychologist, Oslo University Hospital.