A BATEMAN-based not-for-profit providing a range of therapy services to children living with disabilities raised $28,000 at its inaugural Gala Dinner late last month.
Nearly 170 guests attended Kids Are Kids! Christmas in July themed event at the East Fremantle Yacht Club and the money raised will allow the organisation to launch a new Circle of Security program.
Each year Kids Are Kids! is inundated with applications for its Therapy Scholarship program, which is designed for families with high need who are otherwise unable to access the therapy that their children need.
Eight-year-old Liam McCagh has accessed the scholarship program for two consecutive years.
He has Tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic disease that causes tumours to grow in brain and other vital organs.
Mum Karen said Liam required speech and occupational therapy to help him learn to read and write and participate in activities with his classmates.
“To be quite honest we just could not afford to pay for any therapy services,” she said.
“The scholarship program allows Liam to receive necessary therapy services, not additional or optional services.”
Kids Are Kids! acting chief executive Teresa Barrie said the money donated by guests and sponsors would help launch a new Circle of Security program aimed at improving the relationship between parent and child and reducing parent stress.
“We are so very overwhelmed by the level of support received from our corporate sponsors, Kids Are Kids! families and individuals in the lead up to the event as well as the guests who attended on the night,” she said.
“With much gratitude extended to our guests I can confirm that the Scholarship Program can continue into 2017 and The Circle of Security Program can be introduced to new and existing families.”
Kids Are Kids! is a registered service provider of NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), Better Start for Children with Disability and Helping Children with Autism (HCWA).
Services can also be accessed through its fee for service program and private health or Medicare rebates may apply.