Abbie’s cuppa for kids

For the past five years, South Morang youngster Abbie Thomas has hosted afternoon tea to raise money to help some of Victoria’s sickest babies.

Abbie, 11, received lifesaving care at the Royal Children’s Hospital after being born with a hole in her diaphragm.

This meant her organs were wrongly positioned, with her stomach and intestines located in her chest cavity, pushing her heart to the right and compressing her left lung.

She was flown from Shepparton, where she was born, to the Royal Children’s Hospital, where she underwent surgery at just four days’ old. She stayed in the hospital’s newborn unit for 19 days.

Mum Alice said Abbie was passionate about raising money for the hospital because its doctors saved her life.

“She hosted her first Cuppa for Kids when she was just six years old. It’s just a really nice event where the kids and their families can come and have something to eat and have some great fun,” she said.

This year’s Cuppa for Kids afternoon tea will be held on Sunday, May 7, at Briar Hill community hall, Mountain View Road, 1-3pm. Entry is free.

The event will include an auction of goods and services donated by local businesses, as well as face-painting and balloon creations.