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    CAPED CRUSADERS: From left, Thomas Argall, Sophie Argall and Jessica Argall show off their Capes 4 Kids Charity capes at Stawell Library.

Capes empowering young patients in Stawell

A fund-raising campaign for Capes 4 Kids Charity will involve children of all ages exploring Stawell streets in search of superheros.

Stawell Regional Health, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Stawell Neighbourhood House and Stawell Country Women’s Association will host the superhero treasure hunt, starting this week.

Stawell Regional Health Capes 4 Kids co-ordinator Courtney Ellen said the charity created and distributed handsewn capes for children undergoing treatment in hospital. 

“Capes 4 Kids empowers children with the gift of a cape for courage, love and support during illness,” she said.

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“Capes 4 Kids and Stawell Regional Health have partnered for more than two years now and the program has been a great success with our littlest patients coming into our care.  To date we have received more than 200 capes that we have been able to use in our paediatric care unit.”

The Stawell fundraiser started yesterday and will run until January 18.

Ms Ellen said participating families and community members would need to locate laminated superhero posters throughout Stawell. 

“The event is designed for participants to do the course in their own time throughout the week,” she said.

“Goodie bags with stickers, colouring-in posters and participation certificates will be handed out to all children who complete the treasure hunt upon return of their answer sheets.”

Participants can enter at registration stations – look for the life-sized, cape-wearing child mannequins – at Stawell Library, Stawell Sports and Aquatic Centre or Stawell Neighbourhood House. Entry is $5.

“The money raised will again go directly to Capes 4 Kids Charity to continue to help and support children in our community, while undergoing treatment at Stawell Hospital,” Ms Ellen said.

Northern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll said he anticipated the event would generate community empathy, particularly with young families who might have a direct connection to children the charity supported.

“We are a very generous and community-minded shire and the council is pleased to be associated with this fundraising event,” he said.

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