Year 10 student, Sophie Lenthall, is leading the way with a powerful initiative she has launched herself. ‘Go Casual for Sick Kids’ is a statewide fundraiser occurring on Friday the 19th of October. Sophie has a heart condition known as Supraventricular Tachycardia or ‘SVT’ that has required her to undergo 3 surgeries in the last 4 years. Taken good care of by Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Sophie has decided to give back to the hospital that has supported her and her friends through this journey.
The 16 year old Mount St Michael’s College student, is described by family and friends as someone who “cares about everybody else before herself” and who “has her own struggles” but despite this, “always wants to help other people and is so positive.”
“Go casual is about raising awareness, standing out and doing something different;” says Sophie. The event, which is supported by the Queensland State Government, aims to raise $10 000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Juiced TV. Donations will help fund essential medical equipment, life-saving research and help the Children’s Hospital Foundation provide care, entertainment and support sick kids in hospital.
Students can “put ribbon in their hair, wear different coloured socks, or cook a sausage sizzle” Sophie explains, “then bring in a gold coin donation to participate”. Essentially, as long as it involves standing out and doing something different, schools can hold whatever type of fundraiser they choose.
The event occurs during the nation-wide ‘Children’s Week’ with the final fundraising tally to be announced at The Channel Nine Telethon on Saturday 17th November.
Sophie is excited for the event expressing that she will be “fully decked out for it!” Schools around the country are encouraged to go online and register to participate in the day.
Please find the link for registering and further information below: