More than 100 South Australian high school students have been busy behind the scenes producing a variety of entertaining video performances for the inaugural Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation TeamKids Webathon.
TeamKids Webathon is an innovative schools program designed by kids for kids. It aims to raise $100,000 to fund vital equipment, services and research to support the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH). TeamKids is the foundation’s new fundraising platform.
The Webathon, hosted by Channel 9’s Richard Wilkins, will stream live online on 22 November from 4 pm, showcasing several compelling interviews from within the WCH, together with musical and drama performances created by students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Sam Tolley said the Webathon, the first of its kind in Australia, will become an annual event for schools, giving students the chance to showcase their talents, while also promoting the work of the foundation and raising funds for the hospital.
“We believe that this initiative is a significant collaboration between charity and students that provides a means for young people to participate in a professional environment, to learn from experts in their field like Richard Wilkins, and to actively engage the wider school communities with the vital work of both the WCH and the foundation,” Mr Tolley said.
“There’s already been so much support and enthusiasm resulting in some brilliant work being created by students for this year’s program. We’re looking forward to expanding schools’ participation in the Webathon to give more students from across the state an opportunity to get involved next year.
“As the official charity of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, we work hand-in-hand to help provide the very best care for the thousands of children and babies who are admitted each year. In the past nine years alone, we’ve gifted more than $30 million to help fund vital technology, medical equipment, family-centred services and research at the hospital,” he said.
Women’s and Children’s Health Network CEO Naomi Dwyer said the WCH Foundation was an important partnering organisation and had given countless people, especially those who have been touched by the hospital’s valuable services, an opportunity to give back.
“The foundation works very closely with us to help fund our wish list of equipment, facility upgrades and programs to ensure the hospital offers and provides the very best service to the people of SA. It’s exciting to see so much support in the community through the TeamKids Webathon and I encourage people to get involved by logging in to the live stream”, Ms Dwyer said.
Six schools are involved in the inaugural Webathon, including Concordia College – the live program production and webcast studio, Glenunga International High School, Loreto College, Marryatville High School, Pembroke School and Unley High School.
To register your school for the 2015 Webathon, contact the WCH Foundation by visiting www.teamkidswebathon.org.au.
The Webathon will air from 4 pm (ACDT) on Saturday 22 November from the Concordia College studio at www.TeamKidsWebathon.org.au. People can donate and interact by posting a photo on the ‘selfie wall’ and using #TeamKidsWebathon to show their support.
For regular updates on the Webathon, visit the TeamKids’ social media channels: