Grandma swimming to Rottnest for RGH kids ward

A female nurse and two other women standing together. One of the women holds a young boy.
RGH Paediatric ward nurse unit manager Vicki Filby, Ezekiel and Amy Fisher with eight time Rottnest swim competitor and super-grandma Jodi O’Connor.
February 14, 2019

Jodi O’Connor is swapping play dates with her grandson for swimming goggles as she dives into the challenge of completing her ninth Rottnest Channel Swim to raise funds for the Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) paediatric ward.

As a seasoned swimmer, Jodi has already completed the solo swim and duo crossings four times each. 

She was inspired to again compete this year with the mission of fundraising for RGH following countless stints in hospital with her 19 month old grandson Ezekiel.

“Ezekiel has been in and out of hospital over the past year after failing to thrive, severe reflux, colitis, gastric nasal tube and severe allergies,” Jodi said.

“It has been a really difficult time for our family and we couldn’t have gotten through without the incredible staff at RGH who are always phoning, emailing and checking in on Ezekiel – nothing has ever been too much for them to handle.

“I hope I am able to give back to them and other families that are going through a tough time.”

Paediatric ward nurse unit manager Vicki Filby said the ward was grateful to be at the receiving end of Jodi’s donation.

“We are looking to put the funds raised by Jodi towards purchasing equipment for our new outdoor play area as the new space has been so well received,” Vicki said.

“We would like to add a toadstool and mushroom table and chair set, ride on toys, tenpin bowling set and maybe even a bubble machine!”

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