In support of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF) and their Sydney Sick Kids Appeal (23 May – 30 June), we have created a Special Edition candle and fragrance, exclusively and lovingly for SCHF, with all proceeds from sales going directly to the front line of children’s healthcare.
The ECOYA team collaborated with SCHF’s Art Program and young oncology patient, Chelsea, on a Special Edition Peach & Patchouli fragranced candle.
Six-year-old Chelsea was forever dancing and racing around the house with her three siblings. One day, out of nowhere, the Year One student became so sick she couldn’t even walk across the room.
Melinda, Chelsea’s mum, took her straight to their local hospital. “I thought we’d get some antibiotics and go home,” she recalls.

Instead, on that day, their world got turned upside down. Melinda was told to pack their bags and head straight to Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. The doctors immediately suspected leukaemia.
Shortly after, Chelsea was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. She needed life-saving treatment. Overnight, her busy, active life was turned upside down. She was now living in a hospital ward, missing her beloved dance lessons, and learning to cope with the side-effects of steroid treatment and chemotherapy.
Leukemia also triggered weakness and fatigue, and Chelsea had to use a wheelchair to get around.

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“It was such an emotional time,” says Melinda. “You could see in her face she was very down.”

The power of art therapy

Sick kids like Chelsea need every chance to experience joy, creativity, and normal childhood activities in hospital. Thanks to donors like you, Chelsea could join in on sessions with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation Art Program. It was a time in her day she could forget treatment, have fun, and just be a kid.

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Working with the Foundation’s ArtEx team, Chelsea painted and drew her way through cancer treatment. Drawing and painting lessons strengthened her weak joints and improved her finger mobility. Art took her far from the worries of treatment.

“She’d do pictures inspired by Aboriginal art, sketch animals and learn to use water colours,”
Melinda says.

A very special artwork meets a beautiful fragrance

“It was a painting she did of a garden with flowers and butterflies … at the time she was probably dreaming of getting outside again,” says Melinda. “Chelsea is so excited ECOYA chose her artwork!”

These days, Chelsea continues to find comfort in art.
“She's forever pulling bits and pieces out and sits there painting and sticking things together,” Melinda laughs. “We’ve had her favourite painting she did in hospital of a pelican turned into a blind in her bedroom.”

The special Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation’s Limited Edition ECOYA candle, which is available exclusively on ecoya.com.au, schf.org.au, and selected David Jones stores across NSW.

For Chelsea, it is a beautifully scented reminder of the joy, calm and achievement art brought after her cancer diagnosis.
“Art therapy was the one thing that kept Chelsea going,” says Melinda. “We are so grateful that ECOYA and kind people in our community want to support sick kids like Chelsea.”
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