East Fremantle: RehabMe Intensive Collective first for Perth

Pictured (L-R) Daisy Stirling (Physiotherapist), Owen Di Candilo,5, Taryn Di Candilo (Duncraig). Photo: Will Russell
Pictured (L-R) Daisy Stirling (Physiotherapist), Owen Di Candilo,5, Taryn Di Candilo (Duncraig). Photo: Will Russell

FOR Kirst Button, ensuring every child in Perth gets the opportunity to have intensive therapy is a labour of love.

Mrs Button started the Saba Rose Button Foundation after her daughter Saba had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine.

“In 2014 the foundation was born, since then we have been looking for a different way to look after those who were born with disabilities in the community,” she said.

“After Saba received her compensation, we decided to keep the foundation to help other children.

“Sometimes out of a bad situation something really amazing happens.”

Mrs Button said there was no opportunity to do intensive therapy in Perth, which was why she began RehabMe Intensive Collective.

The RehabME Intensive Collective runs from January 14 until February 1, bringing together different therapists in one room with Notre Dame and Curtin students volunteering their time.

“At Perth Children’s Hospital they have a rehab program but (it is) only used for children pre and post surgery,” she said.

“The children of Perth deserve to have this space and to be given these opportunities.

“Having something based in Perth means you don’t have to uproot the whole family or relocate.

“We sponsor five children in this program, so paying for them to do something they wouldn’t normally be able to do.

“In the past two days the response has been overwhelming, there have been many happy tears.”

For Mrs Button the final goal is to open a private rehabilitation centre where therapists can work and come together for intensive therapy sessions.

Kalgoorlie resident Bobbi-Jo Wise’s daughter April is participating in the collective.

She said it was amazing to be a part of it and that she would definitely do it again if the opportunity came up.

East Fremantle’s Swan Yacht Club is hosting the RehabME Intensive Collective until February 1.

On Tuesday, parents watched with joy as their children reached new milestones.

The RehabME Intensive Collective is made possible through the Saba Rose Button Foundation and Step Ahead Physiotherapy.