Leo from Kanahooka, Primordial Dwarf
Granted a trip to attend the National Conference for the Little People of America
Tamara from Albion Park, Genetic Disorder
Provided with speech therapy through the Therapy Assisted Programs
Frank from Dapto, born without legs
Received prosthetic legs, enabling him to walk for the first time
Sam from Dapto, Hemiplegic Migraine Disease
Presented with a wheelchair through the Love and Laughter Appeals Program
Nick from Oak Flats, Femur Fibula Ulna Syndrome
Member of the Sports Academy for Special Children
Keegan from Horsley, Global Development Delay
Member of the Music and Dance Program for Special Children
Our Vision: To enrich the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in regional Australia through support, love and laughter.
Our Mission: To be the best regional charity in delivering support, love and laughter to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in need.
Primary Market: 0 to 18 year old children, who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged (Special Children).
Primary Support Funding: KidzWish is a fully self funded organisation depending completely on the generosity of individuals and businesses like you.
It was a star-studded event for a great cause. The stage was set at the Lagoon Restaurant in Wollongong for the annual KidzWish Orange All Stars Dinner. This year KidzWish encouraged the children to feel beautiful about themselves despite living with Down syndrome. The children get to walk the runway at the big event just like supermodels.
The vital role that speech pathologists play in helping people with communication difficulties is being celebrated in Speech Pathology Week. Its theme is Nation for Communication' and will raise awareness of the speech pathologist's role and the necessity of early intervention.
Every week Susannah Jennings, Alysia Revell and Jo Collier provide 160 Illawarra preschool children access to an Australian first - a mobile speech therapy service. The KidzSpeak program is one of three initiatives the three speech pathologists are involved with and they see them all as important.
Communication is something many people take for granted.
With communication being so important to a child's development, volunteers play a vital role within the KidzSpeak program to help kids overcome any difficulties they may face.
While many of us take communication for granted, one in five Australians will experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives. That's why KidzWish speech pathologist Susannah Jennings is urging the community during Speech Pathology Week (August 24 to 30) to be aware that communication is central to living a fulfilling life.