Giving back to the RHH Children’s Ward

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Jordon King from Montrose Bay High School has put together a number of charity events to raise money for the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Children’s Ward.

Jordon’s most recent event was a ‘Mega Charity Family Fun Day’ at the Hobart Showgrounds in September, which raised more than $4,700 for the Children’s Ward.

Families who participated enjoyed a day of face painting, balloons, entertainment, rides, raffles, pageants and more.

The event was sponsored by Aurora Energy, Hobart’s 7HOFM, Win Network, ExitLeft, Hobart Events, Mercury Walch and SRTA Life and Rescue.

Jordon organised the whole event himself, including getting sponsors on board and raising money through bingo nights so he could pay for entertainment on the day.

“When it comes to organisation, I do it all by myself, but when it comes to the fundraising events, my family help out,” he said.

All of the activities, rides and entertainment at the Family Fun Day were free, and patrons only paid an entry fee.

Jordon said the Family Fun Day went smoothly with no troubles on the day, and all visitors thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“It was a success and a lot of families got a bang for their buck,” he said.

“We had no negative feedback, everyone just loved it.”

Jordon has been motivated to give back to the RHH Children’s Ward since he spent time there when he was younger.

“I know what it’s like to be a patient here, so I know the ward and its patients can always benefit from additional funding,” he said.

Jordan officially presented his fundraising efforts to the RHH late last month.

RHH Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Women and Children Sue McBeath said the Family Fun Day was a fun way to raise money and appeal to children.

“It’s amazing to see a child that has been a patient want to give back to the ward after they’ve left,” she said.

“It’s just so beautiful and inspiring what Jordon has and continues to do for the hospital.”

Jordon has his own business, Party on Children, where he hosts interactive shows at children’s birthday parties.

“I just really love entertaining and making the children smile,” he said.

“Doing these events not only helps the Children’s Ward, it helps me improve my skills in event management and children’s entertainment.”

Jordon said he would continue to raise money for charity throughout his life and hoped to have a career in the media or event planning industry.

Jordon is planning two more charity events for the hospital – a Jetty Run coming up in December this year and an Elvis Presley tribute show in June next year.

Caption: Jordon King, pictured second from left, hands over a check for $4,700 to RHH Children’s Ward’s clinical nurse consultant Trudi Steedman with the help of his brother Lykan and cousin Scarlett.