Charity close to heart of Mix host
Kymba Cahill with niece Poppy. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Many West Australians have had their lives touched by Princess Margaret Hospital and Kymba Cahill is no exception.

The popular Mix 94.5 radio identity is drumming up support for the Kids Appeal with Telethon, which raised more than $1 million towards the charity under sister station 92.9 before the baton was passed to Mix this year.

It's a cause that is particularly close to Cahill's heart.

The host, who is part of the Clairsy, Shane and Kymba breakfast crew, saw first-hand the inspiring work of PMH staff when her niece Poppy was admitted two years ago.

"My niece broke her femur when she was five and was in hospital for two weeks," Cahill told Access All Areas.

"It was very difficult for my sister and her family. They had another baby at home and they were doing 12-hour shifts around the clock for two weeks. This is something as simple as a broken leg and when you think about what the other families are going through and the extent of their children's illnesses, this really pales in comparison. And yet I could see the impact PMH had."

Just four days in and the Mix 94.5 team are well on their way to achieving the $500,000 fundraising goal this year, having taken in more than $100,000 from generous listeners. The appeal continues until July 25 and all money will go towards much-needed medical equipment at PMH.

Cahill and fellow presenters Dean Clairs and Shane McFarlane have given Perth's top-rating station a boost after they were moved from the drive- time slot to the breakfast shift in November.

Although they now have to deal with 4am call times, the blonde said she was loving every moment of being on the morning program.

"The team dynamic is still strong and that's what has always driven us," Cahill explained.

"We have seen a rise in ratings in every survey and I think that's testament to the team we have and all the people who are behind us."

The West Australian

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