Gold Coast and Brisbane runners raise over $4000 in the recent marathon

It wasn't for the glory and it certainly wasn't to break record time; Gold Coast and Brisbane volunteers joined together to conquer the 5.7km walk in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, raising funds and awareness for Radio Lollipop along the way.

The team were hard to miss when they hit the tracks donned in colourful tutus, bubble wands and sparkling foil balloons. They certainly made a huge impact; fellow runners photographed selfies with our daring group while onlooking crowds cheered and whistled from the sidelines.

With the volunteers taking to their social media pages, the team of 12 successfully raised a total of $4208.70.

The money will go towards prizes, craft essentials and games to ensure Radio Lollipop continues to deliver the best bedside service to sick children in hospital.

St George Bank Supports Radio Lollipop Western Australia

St George Bank in Queensland have been long time supporters of Radio Lollipop in Queensland. St George have provided lots of competition prizes, beannie dragons and a host of other giveaways for the Radio Lollipop volunteers to give away to sick children in hospital.

Happy Dragon has also been a regular visitor to Radio Lollipop in Brisbane bringing some of his friends from the 'Queensland Reds' Rugby Team along with him to put some smiles on the faces of not only sick children in hospital but their families and friends who are visiting.

This year, Ross Gillam, Head of Retail Banking QLD/WA spread his generosity across Australia and pledged to support Radio Lollipop in Western Australia too. True to his word, this week, Radio Lollipop Director, Sandra Ursino collected 100 St George gift bags for our Radio Lollipop volunteers to give away to sick children who need a little treat when times are tough in hospital.

On behalf of all our Radio Lollipop volunteers in Queensland and Western Australia, thank you St George for your continued support, so we can continue our work putting smiles on the face of sick children in hospital.

Wynnum Golf Club Charity Day supports Radio Lollipop at the Mater Children’s Hospital

On 19 June 2014, Radio Lollipop at the Mater Children's Hospital was the beneficiary for the Wynnum Golf Club Ladies Charity Day. Although, the weather wasn't as kind as we would have liked, 99 ladies played 18 holes of golf to raise money for Radio Lollipop. 

Ann Wilson nominated Radio Lollipop as the beneficiary after hearing about Radio Lollipop during last year's Radio Lollipop Radio Day when Kelly Higgins-Devine hosted her regular afternoon radio show from the Radio Lollipop Studio.

ABC radio where on hand again yesterday to interview Ann Wilson and Chairman of Radio Lollipop International Mr Bruce Uhlhorn.

Purplena Supports Radio Lollipop in a ‘Fairy’ Special Event

Radio Lollipop Special Guest, Milana Tornatore, also known as Purplena the Face Painting Fairy, recently held a ‘fairy’ special event to launch her new book, 'My Best Friend is a Fairy'. The gorgeous book is the first in a series of children's books for young girls. For each book sold in the month of September, Purplena has kindly offered to donate a percentage to Radio Lollipop.

Purplena is a long-time friend of Radio Lollipop and has visited Radio Lollipop Gold Coast a number of times over the past few years. Purplena’s visits to the ward are always very special. Purplena not only brings beautiful face painting for the children to enjoy, but she has an ability to create an atmosphere to connect with each child and make them feel special. Purplena takes the time to talk to every child and sprinkle some ‘get well fairy dust’ to help them feel better.

Not only does she paint the children’s faces in the Radio Lollipop studio but she takes time to fly around the ward to paint the faces of children who are too unwell to get out of bed. This is a very positive experience for those who are often feeling so sick.

At the launch a $150 donation was presented to Radio Lollipop Director, Sandra Ursino OAM and Miriam Swanborough, a Radio Lollipop Volunteer, explained a bit about Radio Lollipop and Purplena’s very special visits to the wards at Gold Coast Hospital. ‘My Best Friend is a Fairy’ was presented to a number of young girls at the launch who Purplena has gotten to know over the years she’s been face painting at Dreamworld. One young girl uses a walking frame and Purplena told the beautiful story of how her Dad used to take her to Dreamworld to visit Purplena. All day he’d tell her, ‘I think Purplena is over here?’ or, ‘Maybe she’s over there?’ to get his daughter to walk the distance around the park to get her exercise for the day. Purplena was nowhere to be found until the end of the day when she got her special visit to Purplena as well as her face painted beautifully with the design of her choice. This was the highlight of her trip to Dreamworld and Purplena is truly making a difference in so many lives and we’re thankful she has chosen to share her talents and give some of her time to the children at Radio Lollipop too.

Congratulations on your new book Purplena and thank you so much for your ongoing support of Radio Lollipop - your love for the kids, your caring nature and your giving heart. We hope you will return to visit the children at Radio Lollipop as special guest soon, to colour up the ward and to sprinkle some more of your ‘get-well fairy dust’.

For more information about Purplena the Face Painting Fairy visit The Face Painting Company Website

To purchase ‘My Best Friend is a Fairy’ visit

Photo: L-R Sandra Ursino, Milana Tornatore and Miriam Swanborough