Sunday 13 November 2016
Registrations open for the 2016 John Hughes Big Walk
The John Hughes Big Walk is not a race, you choose your pace and walk, jog, skip or dance your way around one of three courses – 6km, 11km or 15km.
The John Hughes Big Walk is a fantastic family event that raises much needed funds to help kids in hospital. This year, funds will go to the Perth Children’s Hospital. The John Hughes Big Walk has raised over $1.9 million since partnering with the PMH Foundation (renamed Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation) eight years ago.
Early Bird Prize Draw!
Register before 7 October 2016 and go into the draw to win a weekend away in Margaret River.
The prize includes two nights in a 2-bedroom apartment at Margarets Beach Resort, the only one by the sea, with breakfast at the White Elephant Beach Café and dinner at The Common (not valid on long weekends or peak periods). Register now!
Walk for a Ward
You choose where your fundraising is directed.
- Aboriginal Health
- Accident and Emergency
- Burns Unit
- Children’s Cancer Ward / Haematology
- Diabetes and Endocrinology
- Intensive Care Unit and Theatre
- Mental Health
- Neonatal Unit
- Neurology Department
- Respiratory Department
- Perth Children’s Hospital area of greatest need (default)
Print version Big Walk map download
How to Register
Register online now!
Online entries will close at 4pm, 11 November 2016
2. In person
Drop into Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, Level 1, 68 Hay Street, Subiaco (corner Hamilton St) to enter.
Open Monday – Friday, 9am until 4pm.
In person entries close 4pm, 4 November 2016
3. On the day
Register on the day at Burswood Park from 7am.
Please note: entry fees are higher on the day
Our little ambassadors
Six year old Ayda and five year old Beau are two shining examples of resilience.
Ayda survived a virus that attacked her heart and very nearly took her life four years ago. Her doctors have since discovered that the growth plates at the top of her shins were 90% destroyed when she fell ill. This means that her lower legs were only marginally growing and becoming more and more twisted. Ayda underwent surgery to kill off the remaining part of her growth plates in order to reduce the degree of deformity; her lower legs will no longer grow. Next year she faces further surgery to fracture her lower legs so her bones can be stimulated to lengthen as they heal.
At just one month old, Beau was diagnosed with cancer in his tiny foot. He endured six months of chemotherapy but his cancer was so invasive that when he was seven months old he underwent an amputation just below his knee in order to prevent it spreading further. He quickly learnt to manage his prosthetic and happily scrambled about after his older siblings. Then, two years later, the cancer came back in his stump so a further amputation was performed. This time doctors took as much of Beau’s leg as they could, while leaving enough for him to continue to wear a prosthetic.
Despite all they have been through, Ayda and Beau are bright, happy children who are excited to be John Hughes Big Walk Ambassadors so they can help raise funds to support the amazing medical teams that have cared for them at PMH and will continue to do so at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Your registration for the John Hughes Big Walk automatically enters you in the draw to win some great prizes and there’s great prizes for highest fundraisers too.
Other fantastic prizes include:
- Two nights at Margarets Beach Resort in a 2-bedroom apartment with breakfast at the White Elephant Beach Café and dinner at The Common
- A stand up paddle board
- 2 x $500 Run West (Subiaco) vouchers
- 2 x $1,000 and 2 x $500 Caltex StarCash cards
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation
Supporting a new era in healthcare On 1 August, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation became Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation in anticipation of the opening of the new Perth Children’s Hospital later this year. While the Foundation’s name and logo has changed, it is business as usual as the Foundation continues to support Princess Margaret Hospital until…
Walk for a ward – the wards explained
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A message from John Hughes
A message from John Hughes “The Big Walk is a cause very close to my heart and I’m proud to be celebrating the event’s 20th year. I’m a big believer in giving back to the community and this is one way we do this. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy together and it…
A story about the event founders
Twenty one years ago, John Law and Keith Hartz had a great idea, and that great idea turned into a great event to help a really great cause. This great read in the Weekend West Australian Magazine explains how the John Hughes Big Walk got started.
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Special thanks to Burswood Park Board, Key Produce, Polyplastics Pty Ltd, The Common, White Elephant Beach Café, St John Ambulance, Instant Toilets, Rotary Club of Mosman Park – Cottesloe.
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