For many Queenslanders, the Ekka involves travelling in large crowds, riding on the iconic Ferris wheel and eating a strawberry sundae. But for sick children with an injury, serious illness or life-threatening disease, many are unable to leave their bed or the hospital ward.

To celebrate the this year’s Ekka season, sick kids at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital were treated to a sneak peak of the year’s biggest highlights, including Paw Patrol, African aerobatic performers Zimboyz, whipcrackers, cuddly farm animals and more.

The Ekka visit to the hospital gives kids in hospital the thing they crave the most – the chance to just be kids.

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The Children’s Hospital Foundation has been partnering with the RNA for more than ten years to offer a sneak peak of the Ekka and a welcome distraction for sick kids and their families.

Kids throughout the hospital enjoyed roving entertainment throughout hospital wards, as well as their very own sideshow alley, food stalls and performances by Chris Flaskas and pre-teen country music star, Felicity Kircher.

For more than a decade, the Ekka has been visiting our children’s hospital to bring the fun and excitement to sick kids.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the RNA was honoured to continue this long-standing tradition of bringing the excitement of the Ekka to the hospital.

“It’s a privilege for us, together with Children’s Hospital Foundation, to bring the joy of the show here today,” Brendan said.