The Little HepB Hero character and book have been inspired by the dilemma experienced by a young mum who volunteered at Hepatitis Victoria, and her difficulty of explaining her hepatitis status to her young child.
Imagine trying to explain to a 10-year old boy why his father can’t play football with him like he used to? Or reassuring a 6 year old about why her mother goes to the doctor so often? Or explaining vague symptoms of tiredness, irritability and mood swings?
With 239,000 Australians (62,000 Victorians) living with hepatitis B, a large number of parents have to think about how they answer these questions everyday – but there are no child-friendly ways to assist them.
Our volunteer wanted her child to be her Little HepB Hero but she didn't know how.
Our team at Hepatitis Victoria, together with a children’s author and an early childhood specialist, will develop a new children’s book and animation. It will be beautiful, bright and positive for children to read.
It will help families have conversations about hepatitis B, and support parents and children to share information and their feelings. With more knowledge each child can play a part in reducing the burden within the family and also act as an ambassador for general community awareness.
We need your help to bring the Little HepB Hero to life - to produce and distribute the book and the animation to inspire our kids to become their parents’ 'Little HepB' Heroes.
Our aim is to launch the book and animation on World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July 2017.
Hepatitis Victoria will involve professionals, schools, playgroups and families themselves to create the Little HepB Hero look and messaging about hepatitis B transmission, the impact on people's lives, disease management, staying healthy, and living well.
Help us bring the inspiration and support of Little HepB Heroes to all families in need!
A copy of the book and the animation will be sent to you as a recognition and appreciation for your support.
Your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to you.