Family Connect – Join us for a coffee

You’re invited to join the Children’s Cancer Foundation in the Family Room at The Royal Children's Hospital for Family Connect – a weekly complimentary morning tea to meet and connect with other families in a relaxed atmosphere.

Children will be kept entertained each week with an interactive and creative activity, hosted by a special presenter. Parents are welcome to join in the fun also, or else take the opportunity to sit back and relax with a hot cup of tea.

Date: Every Tuesday (10.15am to 12pm)

Location: Meeting Room by the Ward Clark, Kookaburra ward, The Royal Children's Hospital


"We look forward to our weekly ukulele lesson with Liam, he makes us laugh and we enjoy the music. A big thank you to the Children's Cancer Foundation staff for always going out of their way to make my daughter Violet perfect cups of tea and providing snacks. It makes for a relaxing morning for both of us," - Tess

About Our Presenters

Liam Gerner Presents Ukulele Song School

Liam Gerner is a well-travelled blues and country musician. Born in the Adelaide hills, Liam spent several years in London and the US, touring with the likes of Ryan Bingham, Paolo Nutini, Elton John and Alanis Morissette. Now based in Melbourne, Liam is focusing on song-writing for his local band, The Sunset Pushers. As well as touring, writing and performing, Liam is also enthusiastic about introducing young children to the joys of music, inspiring him to launch the Ukulele Song School and release a book of children’s ukulele songs in 2016. 

Liam will bring his contagious energy and ukulele skills to Family Connect, teaching children how to play the ukulele and about the creative craft of song writing.

Showko the Ventriloquist

Showko is an acclaimed Japanese comedian, ventriloquist, Rakugo performer (Japanese traditional comedy). She regularly performs in Australia, Japan and internationally and was also a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent. Her kooky Japanese comedy style lightens the hospital corridors, bringing joy to children and parents alike.

Marc the Juggler 

Marc is a passioate juggler and has put in thousands of hours, honing his juggling craft since meeting a performer at a festival in 2012. Marc's juggling skill captivates children in the ward. "Juggling has been very therapeutic for me so I want to share the gift with others" says Marc.

Trish Dearn Presents The Together Stories

When Trish Dearn’s daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with leukaemia at age two, Trish struggled to find the right resources to help Charlotte understand her cancer treatment. She was inspired to write The Together Stories, a series of eight books aimed at helping young children find their voice and navigate their way through a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The books, tackle important issues such as hair loss, nights in the hospital, missing home and going back to school. Most importantly, the final book in the series is blank, encouraging children to write their own story and find a creative outlet to process their cancer journey. Trish discusses her personal journey, reads books from The Together Stories series and guides children and parents through how to write their own My Story.

Thank you to our volunteer presenters and pro bono suppliers – Pocket Cafe and Arid Zone.