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Demos uses his skills to help families in need

From hardship can come positives, if you choose to see the world through the right lens. Holmesglen Graphic Design and Broadcast Media Technical Officer Demos Karkazis has lived the experience.

While educators can make an impact on learners in a classroom, Demos discovered he can also make a difference to the wider community.

When his daughter, Sophie, required major heart surgery shortly after her birth, Demos’ life was put into perspective. Fortunately, Sophie’s procedure was a success and she enjoys a healthy life.

During the sensitive time, Demos observed the hospital environment. From this, he was inspired to help ease the feeling of helplessness parents in a similar situation feel. Enter, Cocooned®.

Cocooned® is a clothing company, which features attire designed for young children in hospital. The designs are adaptive, meaning that parents can change their child’s clothes without needing to unplug any hooked lines, which reduces the chance of infection. Moreover, the resin studs mean the clothing can be worn for most tests.

“We often get private massages from people about how using the outfits has made being in hospital so much easier, or how amazing soft the fabric is, or how much quicker check-up had been,” Demos says.

The innovative start-up has seen Cocooned® named one of Westpac’s 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow.

“The most fulfilling things is the positive impact Cocooned® had on people’s lives when they are going through one of the hardest things of their life.”