‘Jack the Wagtail’ began as a Leadership Group in 2005. It was created to raise funds for Dr Fiona Wood and her Burns Research Teams at Royal Perth and Princess Margaret Hospitals. At first the students found things extremely difficult but after asking Dr Wood, Mr Peter Hughes (Bali bomb survivor), Mr Justin Langer (Australian Cricket Player) and Dr Dale Edgar (Head Physiotherapist at Royal Perth Burns Unit) to be Patrons, and with the assistance of a $2000 donation from WA Career Firefighters’ Fund for Children, things gradually started to get easier.

Initially the children sold wristbands and badges, conducted a lamington drive, ran raffles and asked for donations. Small cheques were provided to Dr Wood in the first three years.

In 2008, a Physical Challenge for Children was held at Scarborough Beach and many sponsors came on board. Plants were grown and sold to willing customers and a cheque for $10000 was handed to Dr Wood.

Subsequent Physical Challenges have been held and have also been extremely successful. Plant production and sales at fetes, and donations and sponsorships have grown beyond expectation. A Childrens’ Art on the Beach section has been included as part of each Physical Challenge and has grown in popularity over the years.

The mantra for ‘Jack the Wagtail’ is – Be as tenacious as a Willy Wagtail. (Djiti djiti is the wagtails Noongar name!)