Kenmore West Kindy Held Art Show for World Sepsis Day and Mia Wilkinson

Kenmore West Kindy held an art show to raise awareness for World Sepsis Day, which was observed on 13 September. It was also an opportunity to gather funds for Mia Wilkinson, a former student, who has ongoing medical needs after losing her limbs due to the illness.

An art gallery was set up a the kindy’s front deck where families nominated a price for the work of their kids. The school also conducted a paint ‘n sip class for the adults. All profits of the sales will go to the Mia Wilkinson Trust and the not-for-profit C&K community kindergarten. 

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Sepsis Mia Wilkinson
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Sepsis Mia Wilkinson
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Mia, Sepsis Survivor

Mia, who now attends an Indooroopilly primary school, lost her arms and legs to sepsis in 2017. Since her challenging journey of recovery, she and her family have been raising awareness about this critical illness.

As a fearless sepsis survivor, Mia hasn’t let her experience stop her from enjoying life to the fullest despite becoming a quadruple amputee. Nearly five years after her critical hospitalisation, Mia is growing up as a healthy and active child who enjoys sports activities and has started learning how to play the trombone. 

Largest Sepsis Study in Aus

Between 2019 and 2020, over 2,000 individuals in Queensland have been maimed or died due to sepsis, a life-threatening infection. This is one of the most common reasons for emergency visits, especially among children, and the Queensland Children’s Hospital has been conducting the country’s largest paediatric sepsis study to find better ways to help the victims. 

The research, led by Associate Professor Luregn Schlapbach, hopes to find a faster way to diagnose the condition to deliver the best treatments and prevent the body’s organs from shutting down as the infection can spread in a matter of hours. 

Mr Schlapbach is looking into the genetics of the body that activates the development of sepsis. A gene expression will help the experts understand the infection better, which could aid in the development of better blood tests.

Unknown to most people, sepsis might start off as typical flu or gastro issue, as in Mia’s case, but it could quickly descend into a deadly condition. If caught early, sepsis is a completely treatable condition thus the results of the sepsis study at the Queensland Children’s Hospital will be very important to the world.

Your Little Artists Can Get Creative for Dad at the Brookfield Markets

Father’s Day is coming up! If you have little children, there will be a fun opportunity for them to make Dad something special at the Brookfield Markets.

On Saturday, 4 Sept 2021, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Kenmore West Kindy will have a maker’s table prepared for little artists to unleash their creativity and make a special card, artwork, or handmade gift for Dad. 

Look for Children’s Area at the event, which is usually set up every first Saturday of the month at the Brookfield Markets. This special children’s section, with a dedicated theme per month, has been a popular site for families who keep their young ones engaged whilst parents finish their market day. 

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The Brookfield Markets showcase high-quality produce and ingredients from local providers, including heaps of pickled food, jams, or chutneys to go with fresh bread and drinks, meats or fish, desserts and sweets, gardening products, as well as homeware and arts and crafts supplies. 

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Some families come by to have their healthy breakfast with the rest of the community, with some stalls offering vegan and gluten-free options. This family-oriented and dog-friendly event is held twice a month with ample parking spaces along Brookfield Road. 

For updates about the market, follow their Facebook Page.

Brookfield Markets: Bring the Kids to this Mother’s Day Crafting Area!

While there’s always an abundance of store-bought gifts available for Mother’s Day, nothing can compare to a gift that’s made from the heart. On Saturday, 1 May 2021, the Brookfield Markets will have a crafting area for little ones who want to get a headstart on creating a unique gift for mum.

Look for the Kenmore West Kindy set up at the Brookfield Markets, which will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Here, the kids will be making cards and paper flowers on a paddle pop stick to present to Mummy on Mother’s Day, which will take place on 9 May 2021. 

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Expectedly, the kids will not be pressured to make an over-the-top artistic gift but mum will truly appreciate the effort made to make this day more than memorable and heartwarming. The little ones will also enjoy a few hours of creative play, aside from knowing that they are making their unique gift for the woman they love the most. 

But if mum is joining the kids for this Mother’s Day crafting activity, that’s wonderful, too!  She can have this bonding moment with her son or daughter — what is a better gift than time spent making beautiful memories with her children? 

The Brookfield Markets is at the Brookfield Showgrounds, next to Brookfield State School at 550 Brookfield Rd, and is not easily visible from the street. The market runs every first and third Saturday of the month.

This is a family-centered, dog-friendly and COVID-safe community activity, where visitors have a wide range of stalls to explore — from arts & crafts to clothing, coffee, bread, meat and fish, fresh produce, indoor plants, garden plants and seedlings, cakes, various breakfast options, juices and much much more.