90 SECOND STATEMENT: Little Warrior Shields

Deputy Speaker, I rise to speak on the work of an incredible volunteer in my electorate of Bonner.

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of meeting Damien who is the founder of Little Warrior Shields. Damien hand makes amazing medieval inspired play shields and helmets for sick children.

These are made from a super lightweight and flexible foam, so they are perfect for children of all ages.

In fact, I have a mini version of one of his shields pinned to me today.

But, what started out as a hobby for Damien four years ago has grown into so much more.

Damien has now donated over 280 shields to Queensland Children’s Hospital and the P.A Hospital.

All whilst working full time and with a young family.

Damien’s passion for putting a smile on these children’s faces is truly inspiring.

He is even using up his annual leave this week to prepare the next batch of shields to donate.

What’s also extraordinary is how he has been backed by local Brisbane small businesses.

Hero Studios have sponsored the foam he uses, and East Coast Leather sponsor the leather and screws.

Deputy Speaker, supporting local has never been more important and this is a prime example of why we must do it.

It extends into all parts of the community, making projects just like Little Warrior Shields possible.

And now it has touched the lives of hundreds of sick children.

Making them feel like the little warriors they are.