EBONIE Gillies knows the heartache of seeing your child in hospital.

Her nine-year-old son, Axel, has spent the past month in and out of Rockhampton Hospital due to issues with his kidneys.

"His own body has been attacking his kidneys, he has had less energy and was lethargic," Ebonie said.

Axel has a long road to recovery that could take up to 12 months, which has seen Ebonie give up her job to stay by her son's side.

"That's just what mums do," Ebonie said.

"Axel will slowly start to get better, but his kidneys are sensitive."

Ebonie said it was tough seeing Axel in hospital, and has thrown her support behind Sea FM's campaign Give Me 5 For Kids, which is raising money for the children's ward at the Rockhampton Hospital.

Donations to the campaign will go towards medical equipment and games to keep the kids entertained.

Ebonie said more activities for the kids would be fantastic, after spending four days in hospital with Axel.

While Axel is on the path to recovery, Ebonie said it was important for parents to ensure their children had regular health checks.

"It's important for all children who look and seem healthy to have regular blood tests too; Axel had a lot of deficiencies and we had no idea," Ebonie said.

Give Me 5 For Kids is hoping to raise $30,000.


  • Donate online at giveme5forkids.com.au
  • Donate at Sea FM reception (corner of Victoria Pde and Archer St)
  • Visit the website for information on Give Me 5 for Kids events around the region this month