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A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Author: Tara Innes

2 Feb 2023

Radio Lollipop believes in the healing power of play and provides smiles and laughter to children in hospital when they need it the most.

Founded in the UK in 1979, Radio Lollipop has now grown to include over 10,000 volunteers operating in over 26 hospitals across five countries.  Since inception over 44 years ago, it has helped over five million sick children in hospitals.

Locally, Transperth has been supporting Radio Lollipop and Uniform Free Day for more than 25 years. One of the biggest contributors, funds raised on the day go directly to Radio Lollipop, enabling volunteers to provide care, comfort, play and entertainment to young patients at Perth Children’s Hospital, while radio show broadcasts are beamed across Western Australia.

Taking place on Wednesday March 15, Transperth and PTA staff from bus drivers to accounts will be out there shaking tins across the network to fundraise for this fabulous cause.

“Having personally taken part for over 10 years, this is such a great cause with some amazing tangible health outcomes too,” said David McMahon from Transperth Education.

“Research from the former Princess Margaret Hospital shows an 82 per cent reduction in patients requesting pain-killer medication after Radio Lollipop involvement. This is indicative of the power of laughter.”

Want to get involved? Why not do a Uniform Free Day at your school! Donations raised can be directly deposited through the Radio Lollipop website. Otherwise, encourage students who will be catching Transperth services on the day to keep an eye out for our team and donate where they can.

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