Jessie’s mum, Kellie Walker, was overwhelmed by the turnout at yesterday’s party.
Jessie’s mum, Kellie Walker, was overwhelmed by the turnout at yesterday’s party. Greg Miller

Hundreds have a ball at Jessie’s Party

JESSIE Schroder would have loved it.

Hundreds of people flocked to Fraser Park in Golden Beach to join in a party she inspired.

After the six-year-old was diagnosed with cancer, she said she wanted a party in the park where both sick and well kids could play together.

92.7 Mix FM breakfast hosts Mark (Darin) and Caroline (Hutchinson) set about making her wish come true.

Tragically, Jessie died two months after the first party.

But eight years after the tradition is still going strong.

Not even the cold start could dampen hundreds from dressing up in bright colours just to be there and have some fun, the way Jessie would have wanted.

And there was face-painting, stalls, sausage sizzle and all sorts of fun stalls to add to the entertainment on the day.

Jessie’s mum, Kellie Walker, said there was an “amazing turnout once again”

“The crowd has been here from before we opened the party until just about to shut,” she said.

“The funds raised go to Wishlist and Give Me 5 for Kids and all the hospitals on the Sunshine Coast to make their time in hospital better.”

She estimated at least $1000 had been raised from ticket sales alone.

“There was an amazing amount of people,” she said.

Ms Walker had no doubt her daughter “would have had a ball”.

“She would have been really excited,: she said.

“A lot of people came and said thank you and they will be back next year for the 10th party.”


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