Support for the child
We run many programs to delight, surprise, entertain and support our Bravery Boxers.
When we launched our team T-Shirts in 2018, we could not have predicted how meaningful they were going to become.
Children proudly wear their “This is what BRAVE looks like” shirt when they want to celebrate their courage and when they need to find a little extra bravery.
Some very special Bravery Boxers have worn their shirts during their end of life and at their funerals.
The shirts have become deeply cherished.
The rewards program at Queensland Children’s Hospital is where our charity began and is often the most remembered part of treatment for a child in Queensland. When a child undergoes a painful or confronting procedure, they are offered a reward from the Bravery Box. This is literally a box of goodies – toys, gift cards, games, all manner of gifts, donated by the public.
The rewards are more meaningful than a prize for a ‘job well done’. This program helps children look forward to going to hospital by giving them an exciting non-medical focus to their day. It allows them to practice recovery – that moment from ‘this is awful’ to ‘I’m OK now’. The better a child becomes at recovery, the easier a medically complicated life can be for them. This program helps a child with cancer feel deeply supported by their community at a time that can feel intensely isolating.