STRENGTH THROUGH IMAGINATION
Our aim is to support Australia’s sickest kids as they battle long-term illness.
With your help, we can provide a Supertee (the coolest medical garment) to
these children wherever they are around Australia.
Why don’t you be the reason for the smile?
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Why not join our community and….
Make A Donation
Every dollar we receive helps us to send more Supertees to hospitals around Australia and to the kids and families that need them the most.
Become A Volunteer
We are always looking for help and by volunteering you are showing your commitment to helping those that are less fortunate.
Buy For A Loved One
What better way to show a loved one you care than to gift them a Supertee and help them in the biggest fight of their lives.
Why 'Strength Through Imagination'?
Children love to imagine and to dress up and when they put on a costume they take on the role of that character. Whether it is a super hero, a princess, a sporting hero, a ballerina, or even an animal. their imagination takes over and they become that character.
Supertees are designed to let children who are sick imagine that they are the character in the Supertee and that they have the powers that their hero has. This introduces the concept of ‘self-distancing’ where children see choices more clearly, reflect on them more fully and ultimately, exert greater control over their actions. This phenomena is called the ‘alter-ego effect’ – at Supertee, we call it “Strength Through Imagination”.
FREE GUIDE: 10 Ways to Support a Loved One in Hospital
This book is for the friends and relatives who perhaps are unsure how they can make a difference or are uncertain what to say should some bad news fall upon their loved one.
Who Else We Help!
At Supertee, we don’t just help the child in need, we also work to find innovative ways to support to the parents and carers of these sick children.
It is important that parents and carers recognise they are not undergoing this journey alone. Some of the things we have developed and continue to provide include:
- Every Supertee is delivered to hospitals and provided to the child free of charge
- A “Sidekick” t-shirt in both adults and children’s sizes, that can be worn to show support for the sick family member
- Access to an online community group with other parents and carers where members can exchange stories, ideas, tips and other hospital hacks and seek help and advice from people who are facing similar challenges
- Online trivia events with gifts and prizes donated by our supporters and our foundation
- eBooks that have been written by Jason Sotiris, our founder with the support of families in our community group
"The Supertee shirts have been a life saver as it makes it so much easier to do procedures and able to get access to his central line. Plus it makes the kids look like superheroes as they are superheroes.Without the support of the Supertee and the support and donations of the wonderful community it would make things so much harder." - Eden's Mum
"After 5 weeks of very irregular fevers, a doctor at Cairns took a blood sample which lead to a trip Brisbane for a bone marrow test & her diagnosis. She is now in remission, however treatment is 2.5 years long so we still have a long road ahead. A few days in, we got gifted a beautiful little tin & when we opened it, it had a lovely purple superhero t-shirt. This was the perfect top to go & have her port put in, On the way to her surgery Penny took the nurses hand & ran down the hall with her other hand holding her cape out behind her. She was so brave! The staff all commented on her tee, no metal poppers so she can have surgery while wearing it, great access to her port & when she gets accessed for chemo, it’s very easy to undo & then pop it back. Thank you for thinking of this t-shirt. I see lots of brave little superheroes with smiles on their faces because they are now ready to fight their own battles with their Supertee’s on." - Penny's Mum
"Supertee is amazing! I’m so grateful to have this medical garment that really makes hospital life so much easier. What I love most about it is the side openings that are just perfect for gastrostomy tube feeding, especially when Imogen can be connected to her feeding pump 24/7 during sickness. Thank you to the Supertee team, you’re really making a difference for these kids and making them look and feel like the superheroes that they are!" - Imogen's Mum