Biggest Playdate to raise money for Monash Children’s Hospital

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A PATTERSON Lakes mum is throwing “the Biggest Playdate” to support the Monash Children’s Hospital, whose staff saved her young daughter’s life.

Vanessa Miranda is holding the event in Chelsea Heights on Saturday to raise money for the new, purpose-built hospital, which will open in 2017.

Ms Miranda’s daughter, Taylah, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014 at the age of 14.

“Before, we thought childhood cancer happened to other families, not ours,” Ms Miranda said.

“We entered a new world that day.”

Together, the pair spent a year in and out of the Children’s Ward of the Monash Medical Centre while Taylah went through treatment.

Taylah — now 16 — is in remission and doing “fabulously”.

“I’m so grateful that they saved her life,” her mum said.

Ms Miranda has organised The Biggest Playdate event on International Children’s Day on May 28.

She and her helpers will be turning the Silly Seahorse Play Centre in Chelsea Heights into a “wonderland of children’s activities” including mini golf, petting zoos, bungee, face painting, dress-ups and much more.

“We’ve got games, rides, food stalls, and we’ll be able to make a difference to the cancer centre,” Ms Miranda said.

“It’s going to be huge.”

While the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville gets a huge annual influx of funding thanks to the Good Friday Appeal, Ms Miranda said it was important to remember that there were plenty of other hospitals working to help kids in need.

“For us, if your child gets sick, you go to Monash — that’s our children’s hospital,” she said.

The building of the new, 230-bed dedicated children’s hospital is due to be completed by December 2016, with the facility opening to the public in the new year.

Ms Miranda said the upgrade was sorely needed.

“It has taken years and years, but we really need it,” she said.

The Biggest Playdate is being held from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, May 28, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the new Monash Children’s Hospital.


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