St Andrew’s prescribes a fun day out at Spring Hill Alive Festival

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital is encouraging the community, including former patients and their families, staff and volunteers at the hospital to come along to the inaugural Spring Hill Alive Festival in Boundary Street on Saturday 4 October.

The Spring Hill Alive Festival, presented by the creators of the successful Teneriffe Festival, aims to celebrate the historic suburb with dance, food, music and fun.

For the ticket price of $5 (kids free), the family-friendly street festival will offer live music, local displays, market stalls, street bars, food trucks, a pool party, dive in movies and a sunset dance parade.

St Andrew’s, an event sponsor, will offer hourly defibrillator demonstrations, face painting, games and competitions.

St Andrew’s General Manager Andrew Barron said the hospital was proud to have played a vital role within the Spring Hill community since opening its doors to patients in 1958.

“St Andrew’s was founded on the generosity of donors and volunteers, and this community spirit continues to drive the hospital today,” Mr Barron said.

Prescribing some light-hearted fun, ‘doctor’ street performers will rove through the festival on behalf of St Andrew’s.

At the St Andrew’s stall, Emergency Centre doctors will infuse hands-on medical education into the event with hourly defibrillator demonstrations to show festival goers how they can save lives, as well as providing blood pressure checks.

St Andrew’s is also offering free face painting and competitions including the best ‘selfie’ snapped at the St Andrew’s photo booth, which will win one night’s accommodation and breakfast for two at Hotel Urban on Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill.

The first Spring Hill Fair, as it was originally named, was celebrated in 1973. Established by local identity, entrepreneur and philanthropist, the late Cecilia McNally MBE, it was one of Brisbane’s most popular community and charitable fundraising events.

Spring Hill Alive Festival in Boundary Street will run from 10am to 9pm on Saturday 4 October 2014.

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