Last Saturday night, Kids Are Kids! hosted their Inaugural Gala Dinner at East Fremantle Yacht Club. Guests came together to raise funds for Kids Are Kids!’ Therapy Scholarship Program and its new Circle of Security Program designed to help WA children with disabilities or developmental needs and their families.
Guests enjoyed a Christmas in July themed evening with a fabulous three course meal, beverages, live entertainment and DJ. Courtesy of the generosity of guests, donors and sponsors, Kids Are Kids! raised $27,996. Each year Kids Are Kids! is inundated with applications for the Scholarship Program from families with an exceptionally high need and who are otherwise unable to access the therapy that their children need. The Scholarship Program is highly reliant on donations to continue to make a difference to the lives of these families.
8 year old Liam McCagh has been a Kids Are Kids! Scholarship child for 2 consecutive years. Liam has been diagnosed with Tuberos Sclerosis (TSC), a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to grow in the brain and in other vital organs such as the kidneys and heart. Liam requires Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy to help him learn to read and write, to talk about his day, to participate in activities with his classmates. “To be quite honest we just could not afford to pay for any therapy services. The Scholarship Program allows Liam to receive necessary therapy services not additional or optional services”, said Liam’s mother Karen.
“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 165 guests who attended on the night. 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 existing and new families.” said Acting Chief Executive Officer of Kids Are Kids!, Teresa Barrie. The Circle of Security Program aims at improving the relationship between parent and child, reducing parent stress, and assists parents to better understand their childs’ needs to become more effective parents. The funds raised will enable more families to access this world renowned program at a significantly reduced cost.
“We would especially like to thank Grant Thornton, ATCO Australia, Lakes Networking, The Think Fragile X Foundation and our Patron Professor Andrew Whitehouse from Telethon Kids Institute for sharing our vision and helping us achieve our goals of providing exceptional programs and services to WA families”, said Ms Barrie. Kids Are Kids! plans to coordinate and host more fundraising events in the coming year and extended a huge thank you to everyone involved for their support at the recent Magic of Christmas Gala Dinner.