Ekka fun proved to be the best medicine for sick kids and their families at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, with the annual pre-Ekka party putting plenty of big smiles on little faces.

To celebrate the upcoming Ekka (11- 20 August), sick kids were treated to a sneak peak of the Show’s family entertainment program highlights, including the Farmyard Friends Talent Show, Magic Sam Powers, baby animals and more.

Kids throughout the hospital also enjoyed roving entertainment throughout hospital wards as well as their very own sideshow alley, food stalls and a performance by 2016 Ekka Country Music Showdown junior category winner Felicity Kircher.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the Ekka visit to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital was a long standing tradition the RNA was honoured to continue.

“The RNA has partnered with the Children’s Hospital Foundation for more than 10 years to give sick Queensland kids and their families a mini version of this year’s Ekka.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Rosie Simpson said the Foundation was pleased to once again partner with the RNA to bring happiness and smiles to the faces of Queensland’s sickest kids.

“We’re delighted to bring all the fun and excitement of the Ekka to the hospital, and right to the bedsides of patients who won’t be able to attend this year’s show due to illness or injury.
“The Ekka party provides kids in hospital the thing they crave the most – the chance to just be kids.

“Providing entertainment and distractions to kids in hospital not only makes long-term stays more enjoyable but research has shown it also helps sick kids to get better and go home sooner,” Ms Simpson said.

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