9 May 2019 Featured News

Your small change makes a big change to kids in hospital

Aston Capper counts every can and bottle he recycles, knowing every cent – or rather, 10 cents – goes towards helping children in hospital.

A new partnership between the TOMRA Recycling Centre at Tingalpa and the Children’s Hospital Foundation means anyone recycling at the centre on New Cleveland Rd can easily choose to donate their funds to support sick kids and their families when they need it most.

“It’s easy to be a superhero,” superhero fan, Aston, said. “You can help the environment and help all of the kids in hospital.”

For six-year-old Aston and his parents Morgan and Brenton, they know firsthand how important the Children’s Hospital Foundation is during tough times. Aston was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 12-months-old. It was a difficult time for the first-time parents, who until that point, had very little knowledge of cerebral palsy and what that would mean for their little boy.

“We were told Aston would likely never walk nor talk… but that’s not our Aston. Our incredible little boy continues to defy the odds and amaze us all,” his proud mum explained. “He started school this year, and is absolutely loving it.”

Although the family have had to navigate a different path to what they anticipated, they said they were truly grateful for the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“Anyone who has a child in the Queensland Children’s Hospital would no doubt have experienced the amazing staff and volunteers from the Children’s Hospital Foundation – the people Aston refers to as the ‘Green Superheroes’. Not only does the Foundation invest in life-saving equipment and medical research, they are the people who bring a smile to kids’ faces every single day in the hospital, and for a parent, that is priceless.”

Since the partnership began in February, more than 3500 containers have been donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

TOMRA at Tingalpa is at 308 New Cleveland Rd, Tingalpa. TOMRA is part of the Containers for Change Scheme.  Visit containersforchange.com.au for more information.

You can choose to donate your recycling refund to the Children’s Hospital Foundation at any Containers For Change location, using the code CI0006033