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Wednesday, 15 November 2000

Australia's first Fairy Garden reopens at SCHR

Fairy Sparkle has again cast a magic spell on the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick with the reopening of her Fairy Garden on Friday, 17 November 2000 from 11am.

The National Australia Bank will provide the Hospital with a cheque for $5,000 at the official opening. The funds, provided through the National Australia Bank's Community Link Awards, will assist with the redevelopment and maintenance of the Garden.

The Fairy Garden was the first of it's kind in Australia and provides a special place for children wanting to escape the realities of life in hospital. It allows children who are faced with daily tests and treatments the opportunity to forget their troubles in the surrounds of a magical oasis.

The revamped Fairy Garden will feature news plants, flowers and sitting areas and will provide a great view for the Outpatients wing.

'The Fairy Garden has been created with the support of over 80 companies and 400 people. It has been their labour of love as well as mine, and now after all this work and dedication, I have gifted the garden to the Sydney Children's Hospital', Fairy Sparkle noted.

Fairy Sparkle has spent the last ten years visiting children at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and opened the first Fairy Garden in September 1999.

The journey to develop the Fairy Garden began in 1990 when Fairy Sparkle met Amy Grimes, a patient at the time. Visiting Amy and her grandparents, Joan and Bill Thornton over a two year period, Fairy Sparkle witnessed the endless heartache and hardships endured by Amy and her grandparents.

'I wanted to give Amy and her grand-parents a place to escape, somewhere where they could reflect in the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of a hospital ward', Fairy Sparkle said.

'The fantastic response I received regarding the first Garden inspired me to create an even better garden, giving the kids and their families a little something to brighten their day'.

For Further Information Contact:

Danielle Huck, Public Affairs Officer, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick on 9382 3578 or (m) 0411 730 842.



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