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.
FREE pocket pal wristband
This year, every adult registrant will receive a free Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation pocket pal wristband! The perfect place to store your keys and money while walking, these pocket pals are just what every Big Walker needs.
You can pick up your free wristband at the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation marquee on event day, so what are you waiting for – 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
- Refugee Health Clinic
- Respiratory Department
- Paediatric Rehabilitation
- Ward 7Teen
- Perth Children’s Hospital area of greatest need (default)
Read more about the wards and areas here.
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
Meet Sharlene and Team “PMH Heroes”
Sharlene’s son Coopah and niece Darna have received specialist care at PMH since they were both little babies, which is why the family are fundraising in this year’s Big Walk. Now seven years old, little Darna was born with hip dysplasia and has gone through many operations and bone grafting surgeries to help her walk….
Team Warrior Princess Eva
Ariana and Hayden Collings are leading their team, “Warrior Princess Eva” in fundraising for the Children’s Cancer Ward at the hospital in support of their daughter, Eva (all pictured above). Two and a half-year-old Eva was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April this year, and since then she’s spent more than her fair share…
Choose where your fundraising goes
Wards and Departments descriptions for John Hughes Big Walk 2016 You can choose where to direct your fundraising when you register for the John Hughes Big Walk. The wards and departments are explained below. Aboriginal Health The Department of Aboriginal Clinical Child Health is focused on closing the widening gap between health outcomes for…
Eight year old Alexey will be taking on the 6km Big Walk with the support of his friends and family known as “Team Alexey”. This will be an astonishing achievement for Alexey, who survived a stroke when only two months old and has undergone two major brain surgeries since then. “It is thanks to the…
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation
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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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