Club Easter raffle funds to help sick

BATTLING with mum Melissa over putting on hospital gowns is now a thing of the past for Padstow’s Diego Silva, 11, after being presented with a ‘Supertee’ a couple of years ago.

A fun, updated version of the traditional hospital gown, the Supertee has been designed especially for children.
Former tradie and Chester Hill resident Jason Sotiris came up with the Supertee idea after feeling helpless when daughter, Angela, was diagnosed with a rare cancer – thankfully she won that fight.
“I got the idea from my young son who appeared dressed in a superhero outfit one day, saying he was off to save his sister,” he said.
He has since started a charity with the aim to give Supertees to all children in hospital at no cost to families.
Each Supertee pack includes the top, stickers, an activity book and an official ‘hero’ status card.
Apart from the colourful costume, the Supertee comes with an array of press studs which can be opened to fit tubes through and take temperatures.
Melissa says Diego’s health is stable now after suffering from a brain tumour but if ever he is feeling down, they recall the day he got his first Supertee from ‘Batman’ who called him a superhero.
“It really lifts his spirits, it’s a day he will never forget,” she said.
“If we’ve ever got to have a test, he always says ‘mum, don’t forget my Supertee’.”
Since its inception in 2018, Supertees have helped thousands of Australia’s sickest children and their parents but funds are needed to create more.
As such, Bankstown Sports Club will donate all Easter Raffle tickets sales to the charity.
With over 100 chocolate hampers to be won, tickets go on sale at the club this Saturday and are also available at The Acres Club, Birrong Sports Club, Bankstown Golf Club and Bankstown Bowling Club.
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