Local charity Capes 4 Kids has been awarded $10,000 to keep putting smiles on the faces of sick children.
Capes 4 Kids provides superhero capes for children in hospitals across Australia.
It was one of 300 organisations to benefit from the 2021 CommBank Staff Foundation Grants program.
Heather Rogers started Capes 4 Kids in 2014 after being in and out of hospital with her son.
She saw a similar initiative in the United States that was providing capes for terminally-ill children and decided something similar was needed in Australia.
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While she herself can't sew, Ms Rogers reached out to some friends who could. By the end of the year it was a fully registered charity, and hospitals were reaching out to find out how capes could be sent their way.
Fast forward to 2021 and more than 51,000 capes have been delivered to hospitals across Australia.
"I don't do it for the accolades or anything like that. There's no financial gain. I do it because it brings happiness to other people... It's just a way to give back," Ms Rogers said.
There are four main areas Capes 4 Kids will use the Commonwealth Bank funding.
It will be used to help the Students Sew 4 Kids program to continue in schools, buy more of the logos and cards that are included with every cape, improve the Capes 4 Kids website and then help buy items like velcro and fabric that the charity's volunteers usually buy out of their own pocket.
"Those are the four key areas where the money will go, and then there's the general running of a charity. We supply capes to the local hospital, which is Dubbo and Orange, we do Bathurst and Mudgee. We supply to all the local hospitals as well as across the country and we want to keep that going," Ms Rogers said.
The CommBank Staff Foundation Grants are comprised of regular contributions from staff which are then matched by the bank.
Capes 4 Kids was nominated as a recipient by Lisa Moore "for the amazing work they do with empowering children with the gifts of a cape - for courage, for love and support, for whatever, whenever, however they need during illness".
Capes 4 Kids is always looking for volunteers to make capes, or for sponsors. Businesses or individuals can sponsor a box of capes, or an individual cape.
More information is available on the Capes 4 Kids website or Facebook page.
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