A wish come true for Syel

COPS ARE TOPS: Syel Qassi gets some tips from Senior Sergeant Mick Timms and Starlight Foundation chief executive Louise Baxter.
COPS ARE TOPS: Syel Qassi gets some tips from Senior Sergeant Mick Timms and Starlight Foundation chief executive Louise Baxter.

SYEL Qassi will get the opportunity to live his dream of becoming a policeman and issue his dad a driving ticket thanks to the Starlight Foundation.

The 10-year-old from West Pennant Hills suffers from complex epilepsy, autism and has learning difficulties.

He receives treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, but his obstacles do not dampen his passion for the police force.

Syel is a huge fan of Channel 7’s police show Highway Patrol, and will get to meet his idol Sergeant Mick McCrann as part of his wish.

His training begins on Saturday in Sydney before flying down to Victoria to do additional training in Bendigo, which is where Highway Patrol is filmed.

Syel’s father, Feras Qassi, said it will be fun being a part of his son’s wish – even if it means getting pulled over by Syel and the Highway Patrol team for a speeding ticket.

“Every time he’s mentioned it to me I’ve mentioned I’ve been a good dad,” Feras said.

“I hope he lets me off.

“We tape Highway Patrol and we’ve seen every episode. He has always loved the police, and every time he sees a police officer he gets excited.” 

Lisa Qassi, Syel’s mother, believes Syel will be a great policeman.

He acts as a portable speed camera while the family drives around Sydney.

“Syel always tells us if he thinks we’re going too fast or if we are near the speed limit,” she said.

Feras thanked the Starlight Foundation and said the build up to the wish has made life a lot better for Syel.

“This means the world to him,” Feras said.

“Ever since he found out about the wish, it has occupied his thoughts.

“He is extremely excited and happy and loves the posters of himself [in police uniform].

“You couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.”

Syel was treated to a send-off at his school, Truscott Street Public School in North Ryde, on Tuesday.

His classmates cheered him on as Syel got dressed up in police gear and got some advice and support from local police and Captain Starlights from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Syel’s wish will be the 10,000th wish the Starlight Foundation has granted.