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Tinning in the rain

Volunteers from the Curtin Community Projects team hosted their annual fundraising event for the Perth Children’s Hospital today.

Curtin University volunteers with Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation mascot.
Photo: Hannah Salt

Students and staff dug deep to support the cause though purchasing raffle tickets and PCH merchandise, as well as donating money for a five minute massage from Curtin’s Health Science students.

Volunteer Bec Weldon helped organise the event and said it was great to engage with the community and get Curtin students involved.

“Seeing the good it does and the amount of people it helps is just incredible,” she said.

“I love this kind of stuff, it’s all so special.”

Curtin Community Projects support a number of different non-for-profit organisations including the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, World’s Greatest Shave, Daffodil Day and Parkerville Children and Youth Care.

All of the money raised from this years event helped the Foundation fund their Music Therapy Program.

Kim Duong explains what the day is all about.
Video: Hannah Salt

The Foundation introduced music therapy in 2015 as a part of their neurological and acquired brain injury rehabilitation.

Since then, it has helped hundreds of West Australian children remain positive during their stay in hospital.

Spokesperson from the Australian Children’s Music Foundation Ben Sibson said the results from music therapy are “truly spectacular”.

“Hospitals and the treatment that children are receiving can be frightening and uncomfortable, and music is an instantly engaging way of dealing with stress, discomfort, pain and many other symptoms,” he said.

“It can also be used to assist recovery from brain related injuries or as a method of embedding other learning areas such as language development or numeracy.

“More and more hospitals are seeing the value in having it as part of their treatment options, and most specialist children’s hospitals will now have regular music therapy sessions for their patients.”

If you missed today’s event and wish to make a donation, click here: bit.ly/CurtinPCH.

Hear more about Music Therapy at Perth Children’s Hospital from therapist Karen Twyford.
Source: Curtin Community Projects

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