More than 200 people are expected to attend the 2017 Noah Southall Memorial Trivia Night at Dapto Leagues Club on Saturday to raise funds for a new bigger KidzWish Place.
Noah Southall will always be remembered as a much loved KidzWish ambassador and the fundraiser has been organised by his mum Ros Southall and his family.
Since Noah died in 2012 Mrs Southall, her husband Mark and her daughter Victoria have carried on his work helping other sick and disabled children in the Illawarra.
Noah suffered from a rare condition called Proteus Syndrome and was only 11 when he died. Every day he experienced pain but his role helped him push through. During the last three years of his life he became a familiar face alongside other ambassadors Matt Campbell and Wendell Sailor.
Give your brain a workout, win some great prizes and help Noah's legacy live on. This 1 minute clip with Noah's mother Ros Southall might just change your mind to attend the 2nd annual Noah Southall Trivia Night at Dapto Leagues Club on Saturday 16 September. Here’s why …Posted by KidzWish Foundation on Thursday, 7 September 2017
After his death Mrs Southall did some office work. She wanted to continue his legacy and to help other children and families. It also allowed her to be close to many large images and wonderful memories of Noah.
The new KidzWish Place will have a wall dedicated to Noah that will serve as a constant reminder of the big impact he made in such a short life.
The trivia night is part of KidzWish’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ campaign raising funds for the construction of a new facility full of love and laughter that supports Illawarra & South Coast children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability.
The new larger purpose built KidzWish Place will be a community resource accommodating the growing demand for weekly programs for local children KidzWish supports. Information, donations and registrations can be made on 1300 260 990.
The Southall family is keen to do as much as it can to support the charity that helps them. A few years ago she helped introduce a new program to help siblings of children like Noah.
It is one of her passions because she knows how siblings can miss out on so much. She started a parents and sibling support group. It gave them the chance to be normal kids for a few hours as well as form friendships and their own support networks.
Noah’s older sister Victoria was a great help because she could draw from her personal experience as a sibling. From the age of three her mother had to spend much of her time in hospital with Noah.
“We did some sibling programs and took them out on outings. We did a few things for the mums and dads too. We even had a night out at the football for the dads at WIN Stadium and some pampering nights for the mums as well,” Mrs Southall said.
The whole family also volunteer to help with the annual KidzWish Christmas party for kids and fundraising ball.
This Saturday is about them giving the community a chance to support the many programs KidzWish wants to run from a new larger centre.
The Southall family has always been grateful to KidzWish and the community for helping Noah take his mind off the pain. After his death Team Noah was formed in his memory to take donations to help grant a wish to another child. On Saturday night people can also buy a brick to go in the Noah Southall wall.
“This will be our second trivia night in memory of Noah,” Mrs Southall said.
“We wanted to do it in memory of Noah to raise funds for the new house. KidzWish are putting a wall in the house in honour of Noah so we just wanted to help them out by raising some more money and getting people to buy bricks and have their name put on them as well. KidzWish is still a part of our family and we will always be there to help whenever they need it. KidzWish helped Noah out a lot with a dog it got him and even an iPad for him when he was in hospital. People still talk about him. He was part of our community and very important,” Mrs Southall said.
Tickets are $30 per person with auctions, raffles and merchandise on the night. Tickets are still available for Saturday, September 19 through www.kidzwish.org.au or contact Beau on 1300 260 990.