Superheroes Unite To Raise Funds To Support Sick Children And Families

Superheroes Unite To Raise Funds To Support Sick Children And Families

When tradie Jason Sotiris’ daughter Angela was hospitalised with a rare cancer after her first birthday he struggled changing her hospital gown, triggering the creation of Supertee. 

The Supertee is a new children’s medical garment that is X-RAY and MRI friendly, the underarms open easily for temperature checks, the sides come apart quickly with removable studs and most of all it helps build courage – a superhero costume with a twist.

“After chemotherapy Angela woke to vomit and it was so challenging to change her with an IV drip and chest monitor cables attached, that I knew this must be a struggle for every parent whose child is in hospital,” said Mr Sotiris. “I began making prototypes with my best friend and fellow tradie Yusuf Muklis, and one day my three-year old son dressed up as Batman to save his sister, giving us the superhero theme,” he said.

“Angela was given just a 20 percent chance of survival but has beaten the odds and thankfully is still with us today and enjoying school. There is research showing pretend play, like being a superhero helps a child put a psychological distance between themselves and the problem at hand. It helps fight boredom and keeping up morale for children. Other challenges parents face when their child is hospitalised is keeping their child clean, especially when their child has a low immune, and the cape even transforms into a bib!.

Supertees are shaped to cover as much of the body as possible and can be easily removed bypassing the arm with an IV line and central lines and monitoring cables altogether reducing the need for nurse assistance. Supertee has received warm welcomes from the children's hospitals in Westmead, Sydney, John Hunter (Newcastle), Monash (Melbourne), Royal Childrens (Melbourne), Canberra Womens and Childrens, Queensland Children's and Perth Children's."

Bankstown Central is proud to support Supertee in conjunction with Gift A Smile, an established local not for profit who also support children and their families with illnesses and disabilities. Run by parents impacted by their own personal stories, they support children at Bankstown Hospital, Westmead Children's, Sydney Children's and various other special needs schools. 

The Superhero event will be held at Bankstown Central Shopping Centre next Sunday the 13th of October.  It will be a day of fun for the family. There will be a meet and greet with various Superheroes, face painting, balloon twisting and various other handouts and activities.