volunteers needed

Calling all volunteers!

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has a really exciting volunteering opportunity coming up in February. It’s at a brand new event called Brisbane Coot-tha Burn which the Foundation is a beneficiary of. This event is set to raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation to help sick kids.

We need 50 volunteers and would be very grateful for your help. Why not get family and friends to volunteer with you?

What is the Brisbane Coot-tha Burn?

Brisbane Coot-tha Burn is a prestigious new cycling event in Brisbane where professional and amateur cyclists climb Mount Coot-tha for their chance to win $40,000 in prizes. Former professional road cyclist and Tour De France yellow jersey winner Jens Voigt is the special guest cyclist at this event. With a full day’s schedule of races, expo and recovery village, this event is going to be huge. For more details visit the Coot-tha Burn website.  

Volunteer role details

Date: Saturday 13 February
Shift times: Course Marshalls

Shift 1: 6.45am – 10.45am

Shift 2: 10.30am – 2.30pm

Shift 3: 2.15pm – 6.15pm


Rider and Baggage Check In

Shift 1: 6.30am – 9.30am

Shift 2: 9.15am – 12.15pm

Shift 3: 12pm – 3pm

Shift 4: 2.45pm – 5.45pm

Please note your start time is when you are signed on and ready to start. Please allow additional time for travel and to move from your car etc.

Role: Course Marshalls

Based on the edge of the race course, you will ensure the course is safe, that spectators don’t enter the track, report any first aid incidents, keep spectators informed during the event etc

Important Notes

·         You must have a mobile phone with you on the day to call in any emergency/first aid incidents

·         Course Marshalls will be standing for the duration of their shift and must be able to walk to and from their position on the course. This can be approximately 500-700m on Mount Coot-tha. Please ensure you are physically able to do this.

·         Course Marshalls are welcome to bring a light fold up camp chair to sit in while on course. However, you must be able to carry this with you.

Rider and Baggage Check In

Assist Event Managers to check in riders, issue them with race packs and store their baggage in the cloak room.

No of volunteers: Course Marshalls

15-20 per shift

Rider and Baggage Check In

1 per shift

Volunteer briefing: A full volunteer briefing will be held at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital on Thursday 4th February from 6pm – 6.45pm.

It is preferred that you attend this briefing so that you are fully aware of your role on the day, get your t-shirt etc.

Transport: There is no public transport to Mt Coot-tha. Volunteer/staff car parks will be provided onsite, or you will need to arrange a lift.
Uniform: Shorts or jeans

Comfortable closed in shoes ie trainers suitable for walking and standing in

You will be given a Coot-tha Burn shirt at the briefing which you can keep

Hat and own sunscreen

Catering: Water will be provided.
Friend/families: Yes your friends or family can volunteer with you. They must be over the age of 18 and meet the above requirements.


Please ask them to email us with the above details.

How to volunteer

If you are able to help out please email us with the following details:


Preferred shift:


Shirt size:

Emergency contact details:

If you have any questions please email volunteerservices@childrens.org.au.

Coot-tha Burn 2016 - Jens Voight

Join us for the Brisbane Coot-tha Burn

Join the Children’s Hospital Foundation team on Saturday 13 February 2016 as a rider and climb Mount Coot-tha for the inaugural Brisbane Coot-tha Burn.

With very special guests including world-famous road bicycle racer Jens Voigt (Jensie), a great festival atmosphere and a challenging mountain to climb, you won’t want to miss this great day out.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to be an official charity of the event and by participating and fundraising, you’ll be helping sick kids and their families.

Registrations are now open and there are different categories to suit everyone – whether you’re a pro, amateur or just looking for fun and to support sick kids through novelty events.

The first 50 Brisbane Coot-tha Burn cyclists who raise $1,500 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a priceless invitation to ride with Jensie on the morning of 13 February 2016, followed by breakfast with him on the mountain.

Visit http://cootthaburn.com to learn more or contact Sonja Wallis on sonja.wallis@childrens.org.au to join the Children’s Hospital Foundation team.

Enjoy a movie and support sick kids this December

Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax this December at the advance charity screening of Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, with all proceeds going to support sick children.

The movie will be screened across Event Cinema locations throughout Queensland on Sunday 6 December at 11am. All proceeds will directly support the Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund vital research, purchase life-saving medical equipment and provide support services to children and their families this Christmas.

So grab the family and friends for a great day out at the movies. You can purchase tickets to the advanced screening of The Peanuts Movie online via the Event cinema website.

Thank you to Event Cinemas and all movie patrons for their generosity in supporting sick kids and their families.

Wheel of Brisbane Teddy Bear's Picnic 2015

Join us at the Wheel of Brisbane’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic!

The Children’s Hospital Foundation together with the Wheel of Brisbane invite you and your families to join us this Ekka show holiday at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt for the inaugural Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Come and enjoy this free event with live entertainment from Tim Jackman “King of the Kids”, the Fabulous Lemon Drops and hilarious clowns Peebo and Dagwood.

There is plenty of fun to be had with face painting, teddy bear mascots, Build-A-Bear, market stalls and the best news is… kids and their teddy bears ride the wheel for free!

Bring along a picnic lunch or order your picnic basket packed with a delicious gourmet lunch, picnic rug and passes to ride the Wheel of Brisbane on www.thewheelofbrisbane.com.au. Further information on basket inclusions are listed on the website. All proceeds from the event will be given to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

We hope to see you on Wednesday 12 August… don’t forget to bring your teddy bear!

Koen, 10 years, cerebral palsy (centre) with his brothers, Kenneth (left) and Lane (right)

Run with Koen in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane

Join the Children’s Hospital Foundation team in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane to support sick kids like Koen.

You can enter as an individual or a team and choose to run or walk 5km or 10km.

Your fundraising will help provide wonderful care and treatments for sick kids like ten-year-old Koen, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy – spastic diplegia at the age of two.

As Koen grew, he wasn’t able to do the things his twin brother could do.

For the last eight years since being diagnosed, Koen has had to travel 11 hours from his home town of Tieri, in Central Queensland, to the children’s hospital in Brisbane for treatment.

Koen has benefited from world-class research, state-of-the-art medical equipment, clinical support and entertainment programs. You will play a vital role in supporting these important programs so kids like Koen can have the best chance to live a long and healthy life.

Koen will be participating in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane and is passionate about fundraising to help sick kids.

“I want to do anything I can to make sure that kids in hospital can get better and go home sooner and that’s why I’m doing the 5km Bridge to Brisbane walk with my family on 30 August.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re a marathon-running superhero, or just keen to get a little more active – every step and dollar will be working wonders for sick kids.

Create your fundraising page today and raise much needed funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information or help to reach your fundraising target please contact sonja.wallis@childrens.org.au.

Children’s Hospital Doorknock 10-23 April 2015

10 – 23 April 2015

The Children’s Hospital Doorknock is on from Friday 10 to Thursday 23 April 2015.

Join our team of amazing Children’s Hospital Doorknock volunteers and you’ll be making a big difference in the lives of sick kids this year.

Every donation you collect in your neighbourhood will help further life-saving research and purchase vital medical equipment, as well as fund wonderful entertainment and therapeutic programs designed to heal, like music therapy, pet therapy and bedside play.

Once you’ve signed up to the Children’s Hospital Doorknock you’ll receive a letter from us confirming your registration. In March you’ll receive your official Children’s Hospital Doorknock kit… and you’ll be ready to start knocking on doors in April!

We need volunteers to doorknock all over Queensland so spread the word to your family and friends encouraging them to get involved, or turn your doorknock experience into a fun day out together.

Register for this year’s Children’s Hospital Doorknock by calling 1300 105 105 or email us at doorknock@childrens.org.au.

Together we can give every sick child in Queensland the best possible chance at a healthy, happy life.

$2 can make a difference at Woolworths this Easter

2 March – 5 April 2015

In another year of helping to work wonders for sick kids, Woolworths will hold their annual Easter wall token appeal from 2 March to 5 April 2015.

The brightly coloured Easter-themed tokens will be available from Woolworths’ stores throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales, and can be purchased for just $2.

The tokens are a fun and easy way to help work wonders for sick kids. Once you’ve purchased your token simply write your name on it to show your support and return your token to a Woolworths’ staff member to display on the Great Wall of Easter Tokens in-store.

Every year Woolworths’ stores create some amazing Easter token displays, covering every available wall and sometimes even hanging from the roof!

So drop in to your local Woolworths between 2 March and 5 April and add an Easter token to your shopping. With all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital Foundation you won’t just be brightening your local Woolworths store; you’ll also be brightening up the lives of the kids that need it most this Easter.

Giggle and Hoot and Friends at QPAC

5 January 2015

Patients from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital were dancing in the aisles at The Playhouse QPAC thanks to an extra special private performance of Giggle and Hoot and Friends. The show is a 50-minute stage spectacular with everyone’s favourite songs, dancing, and of course fun and laughter.

Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle set off on a giggle-icious live stage adventure with their friends the Bananas in Pyjamas and Hoopla Doopla’s Zap, Mimi and Jango.

Giggle and Hoot, the much loved ABC4Kids program, focuses on preschooler’s lives and routines through songs, stories, friendship, laughter and imagination. The live show, incorporating these themes, was one of the most anticipated and hottest tickets for families over the summer.

Joining Jimmy Giggle and the owls onstage was everyone’s favourite twins, the Bananas in Pyjamas, who are now in their 22nd year and continue to be loved by children and parents all over the world.

And for the first time, Zap, Mimi and Jango from the popular ABC4Kids show Hoopla Doopla joined the show. These three extraordinary characters, each with their own physical skill; tumble, juggle, leap and somersault in and out of trouble. However, whenever anything goes wrong – and it usually does – they always have each other to fall back on.

A huge thank you to the full cast and crew of Giggle and Hoot and Friends, and QPAC, for hosting such a special day and fun distraction for so many sick kids and their families. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.

1200kms for Kids charity bike ride in its 8th year

21 October 2014

On Monday 13 October 2014 a group of dedicated riders and supporters set off on a nine-day bike ride over 1200kms from Sydney to Brisbane to raise money for sick kids.

Riders and crew stopped at Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Warwick, Ipswich, and crossed the finish line on Tuesday 21 October at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Show your support for 1200kms for Kids by sponsoring a rider or making a donation at www.1200kmsforkids.com