Playdate for a kid’s cause


Family fundraiser: Kirah Miranda-Bridgeman, left, Vanessa Miranda, Sean Miranda-Bridgeman and Taylah Miranda look forward to a playdate aiming to make a difference. Picture: Gary Sissons

A FAMILY grateful for the care given by Monash Medical Centre staff when daughter Taylah was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 14 in 2014 are hoping to raise more money to make other children’s stay in hospital as comfortable as possible.

Paterson Lakes mother Vanessa Miranda says money raised by The Biggest Playdate fun day will be donated to Monash Children’s Hospital.

A new children’s hospital officially opened at the main hospital in Clayton last month but an emergency department dedicated to looking after children will not open until 2021.

Mrs Miranda said last year’s The Biggest Playdate raised $40,000 “and it was wonderful to make a difference with this money”.

“The Miranda Foundation funds went towards All Aboard, a research program into the treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia to make it easier on the children,” she said.

“We had about 200 families attend and it would be great to double the amount of families in attendance, to not only make this a fabulous community event, but again, make a difference with our donation which exceeds last year’s amount.”

A wonderland of children’s activities including superheroes, princesses, rides, mini golf, balloons, face painting, farm animals along with great coffee, ice creams, fairy floss, popcorn, and a BBQ are just some of the attractions for families at The Biggest Playdate this year.     

  • The Biggest Playdate will be hosted at St Josephs School, 362 Station St, Chelsea on Sunday 28 May, 1-6pm

Donations can be made at by searching for ‘the biggest playdate monash’ or by calling Vanessa Miranda on 0402 407 990.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 10 May 2017

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