Wall-to-wall smiles: Laughing Factory brighten up children's ward

For the kids: The Laughing Factory members with David Butterfield (Rotary Club of Cabramatta), Fairfield Hospital Community and Consumer representative Sammi Sayad, Nursing Unit manager Justin Smith, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Fairfield Hospital GM Paul Crowe. Picture: Simon Bennett
For the kids: The Laughing Factory members with David Butterfield (Rotary Club of Cabramatta), Fairfield Hospital Community and Consumer representative Sammi Sayad, Nursing Unit manager Justin Smith, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Fairfield Hospital GM Paul Crowe. Picture: Simon Bennett

Fairfield Hospital's paediatric ward has received a makeover courtesy of local not-for-profit group The Laughing Factory.

And the children's smiles tell the story: it is a big success.

Susan Nguyen,Thy Ha, Huy Dinh and Kim Quach started Project Paint a year ago to bring some colour to the walls of the children's ward.

The Laughing Factory members: Huy Dinh, Susan Nguyen,Thy Ha and Kim Quach. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Laughing Factory members: Huy Dinh, Susan Nguyen,Thy Ha and Kim Quach. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Laughing Factory in conjunction with Rotary Club of Cabramatta brightened up the treatment room, common room and play room with murals carrying under the water and safari themes. Across four weekends, a team of 20 local volunteers helped paint the murals which were designed by school teacher Angelina Ntiamoah.

The group also ran a colouring competition across five schools (Fairvale, Canley Vale, Canley Heights, Cabramatta and Lansvale Public Schools) with 10 winners selected to have their work transformed onto the walls. The group raised $10,000 to help fund the project with Dulux sponsoring the paint supply.

"We noticed all the walls were quite bare and bland compared to other hospitals which were vibrant and had a lot of colour so we thought Fairfield should have the same," Kim said.

"We hope the kids will enjoy it and provide a little bit of a distraction from their treatment."

Our patients love the colourful characters.

Paul Crowe

Fairfield Hospital general manager Paul Crowe said the team from the Laughing Factory have done a "brilliant job" on the murals.

"We'd like to offer them our heartfelt thanks for all their hard work," he said.

"Our patients love the colourful characters. It's really wonderful to have such bright and welcoming artwork for our young patients and their families to enjoy."

The Laughing Factory will now focus their attention on mental health and well-being in the local area.