WE’RE more used to seeing them play high jinx with each other but Nova 969 radio personalities Fitzy and Wippa took some time out of their busy schedule this week to meet three children living with cancer, set up by children’s cancer charity Camp Quality.
The breakfast radio hosts met Emily Ferry, 4, from Kellyville, Samuel Skaros, 5, from Marrickville and Andrea Alzened, 9 from Greystanes. All three children are living with cancer and have very recently been receiving chemotherapy treatment at hospitals in Sydney. They’ve been supported by Camp Quality’s in-hospital support programs.
Fitzy, a long-time Camp Quality supporter, said: “It was great to meet these brave kids and give them some fun time out after everything they’ve been through. I’m a big admirer of Camp Quality’s work to make laughter the best medicine for these kids and their families. I also think 4-year-old Emily might put me out of a job. She was a natural on the mic.”
Tamar Alzened, whose children Andrea (9) and Talar (11) came along, said: “My girls loved their visit to Nova today. They got to record their own voices and were thrilled to meet Fitzy, Wippa and Rabbit thanks to Camp Quality. On our way home they were telling each other how cool it’d be if everyone got to hear them live on air!”
The kids did a tour of Nova and got to meet Rabbit while he was live on air. They also got to sit in Fitzy and Wippa’s seats and pretend to be radio DJs by recording their own voices. Nova kindly put on a morning tea for the children and their mums, where they shared stories of their cancer journey and how Camp Quality had supported them – in hospital, at home, at school and away from it all. They left with bumper Nova goody bags.
The meet and greet was set up so that the families could have a day away from thinking about cancer, chemo and stress. It was also arranged so that Fitzy and Wippa could learn more about the work Camp Quality does for families, ahead of further fundraising activities later this year.
Source: Camp Quality
Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.