Lismore Base Hospital Children’s Ward play therapist Mal Mosely gratefully accepts a donation of books from Jiggi Public School students (rear l-r) Sophia Boucher, Adele Duncan, Mallory Dobner and Brittany Dobsa-Thomas with (front l-r) Ruby Armitage, Julia McIvor, Tommy Learmonth and Ollie Hutchings.
Lismore Base Hospital Children’s Ward play therapist Mal Mosely gratefully accepts a donation of books from Jiggi Public School students (rear l-r) Sophia Boucher, Adele Duncan, Mallory Dobner and Brittany Dobsa-Thomas with (front l-r) Ruby Armitage, Julia McIvor, Tommy Learmonth and Ollie Hutchings.

The gift of words speaks volumes

Every second year for the last decade Jiggi Public School students have forfeited their own school Christmas gifts and instead have given a large pile of books to the Children’s Ward at Lismore Base Hospital.

Children’s Ward play therapist Mal Mosely was touched by the students’ generosity and when she recently went on holidays to England to visit two major children’s hospitals in London and Brighton, she took along some of the books. She said it was lovely to be able to hand them over to children halfway across the world.

“I told them they’re from this little village in Australia where the kids want to share their books,” Mal said. “I then made a little booklet of my trip to England for the Jiggi students to say thank you and show them just how far their generosity has travelled.

“Books are just such a fantastic gift. Here at the Base I keep them in storage as birthday and Christmas presents or for children undergoing a procedure. When you have a distressed child, to be able to give them a book that’s just for them that they can keep is really special.”


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