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Families like the Serramondis (left) and Kellys (right) have valued the support provided by HeartKids.

Big truck for a big cause

By Claire Ottaviano

BELLEVUE business Plantman have partnered with HeartKids to support children with heart problems.

HeartKids is Australia’s leading funding body driving change through research for treatment and management of congenital/childhood heart disease.

A large service truck will be rented to Mt Gibson Iron for the rest of the year with the proceeds each month going to the heart charity to help families with children in need.

Steele Serramondi was diagnosed with Ebstein anomaly, a rare heart defect, at three-months-old.

Father Karl said HeartKids was there from the beginning to give the family financial as well as emotional support.

“Having a shoulder to lean on has been the biggest help,” he said.

“Someone to talk to, other families to talk to about the condition and know that we’re not alone out there.”

HeartKids state manager Cecilia Donovan said appeals like the one being launched by Plantman last week provided essential funding.

“It’s huge because we don’t actually have a lot of government backed funding so we have to create awareness and fundraising through our community,” she said.

“We support families through practical and emotional support in the hospital at Perth Children’s Hospital and also in our communities and regional and rural areas.

“We have a variety of programs and services, we do hospital visits daily and provide emotional and practical support like meals and financial assistance.”

Plantman director Sharon Whitton said the heavy mining equipment provider was also reaching out to other companies to sponsor the truck.

“Childhood heart disease has affected several of our families within the company so donating the proceeds of the truck rental in 2021 is just a small part we can play for a charity close to our hearts,” she said.

Visit www.heartkids.com.au for more information.

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