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A “Little Lion” inspires a big difference

May 23rd, 2018

Westmead Hospital is the busiest centre for newborn care in NSW. Nearly 6000 babies are born at the hospital each year. Of those, around 1600 will require specialist care in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – NICU.

The World's Tiniest Fighters

Hear the story behind Anthony 'Little Lion' Kastoun and why raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Westmead Medical Research Foundation is close to the hearts of Robert Kastoun and Victoria Harb Kastoun.You can find the link to donate online here: http://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/champion/wmrf-champions/VICTORIAKASTOUNOr check out our event page NICU Fundraiser Amazing Race at Rev X

Posted by Revolution X Performance Centre on Thursday, 17 May 2018

 

Anthony Samuel Leon Kastoun aka ‘’Little Lion’’ was one of those babies. Today, he’s a happy, healthy toddler but when he was born, he required serious neonatal specialist care. He was born 14 weeks earlier than his expected due date, weighed just over 900g and spent 77 days at NICU fighting for his life.

                       Image from Little Lion’s fundraising page click on image

Anthony’s parents, Victoria and Robert Kastoun held the first charity games day in 2017 at their Revolution X Performance Centre in Holroyd, to support the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

2017: Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”

All funds raised were directed towards the purchase of life-saving equipment for Westmead’s NICU.

                                Anthony ‘ Little Lion’ Samuel Leon Kastoun

Victoria and Robert continue their pledge to give back to NICU and just recently successfully held a second “Rev X Annual Charity Fundraiser Games Day” – a fundraising event that enabled this family to exceed their fundraising goal of $25,000.

                                            2018 Rev X: Charity Games

With the ‘Amazing Race’ style, the enthusiastic participants who joined the games had to show their physical stamina and de-code a series of brain-teasers to get through the rounds and to claim a spot on the podium.

                                                2018 Rev X annual charity fundraiser games day

“Thanks to the entire Rev X community for again supporting our charity event and help us raise more than $30,000 for NICU,” Victoria said.

“Congrats to our winners, and thank you to all our participants, donors and everyone involved in helping us raise much needed funds for the world’s tiniest fighters.”

Donor generosity plays a crucial role in enhancing the treatment and care of patients at Westmead Hospital.

                                                        Kastoun Family at Rev X: Charity Games 2018

Westmead Medical Research Foundation wants to thank Victoria, her family, friends and their Rev X members for their incredible commitment to babies and families across western Sydney – and beyond.

Robert Kastoun, Marlene Nasr (WMRF Community Relations & Events Manager), & Victoria Kastoun

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, WMRF Community Relations and Events Manager on 1800 639 037.

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Related links:

‘Little Lion’ & the Amazing Race

Rev X: Amazing Race

Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”


VIDEO: Thanks Sargents (featuring Victoria Kastoun and Anthony ‘Little Lion’

 

 

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