Tornadoes whip up children's smiles

SMILES lit wards at the Launceston General Hospital yesterday, as children were greeted by players and staff from the Heritage Isle Tornadoes.

Toys were presented to a number of young patients in preparation for Give Me Five For Kids month in June.

Tornadoes coach Peta Sinclair said the visit was a humbling experience for the women.

``We have a great support base in Launceston and we thought it was a great opportunity to say thank you,'' she said.

``It's about spending time with the kids, having some fun and even a laugh with them. 

``After all, laughter and positivity are the best medicine.''

Sinclair also added the visit provided a wealth of experience to some of the squad's younger players.

``It helps with their confidence, because it's not an easy thing to meet new people,'' she said.

``This allowed them to open up and help make a difference in the children's lives.''

Debbie Sweeney, of St Luke's Health, said she was overwhelmed by the club's support.

``This is just one example of how our community in Launceston bands together,'' she said.

``Community organisations and a local business like ours, giving back where it matters - it's so important.''

Tornadoes players Ally Wilson and Lauren Mansfield with 11-year-old Launceston General Hospital 4K patient Ryan Butt. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Tornadoes players Ally Wilson and Lauren Mansfield with 11-year-old Launceston General Hospital 4K patient Ryan Butt. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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