Matt Taylor, MLA for Bateman recently used time allocated in Parliament for Members’ Statements to acknowledge Kids Are Kids! and Think Fragile X Foundation. We are so very grateful of Matt Taylor’s support as opportunities are relatively few and far between and Members are only allowed 90 seconds to give their statements. Mr Taylor’s first Members’ Statement for the year spoke of the Kids Are Kids! cause and how the Think Fragile X Foundation has helped them achieve their goals. His statement follows.
MR M.H. TAYLOR (Bateman): I would like to acknowledge an outstanding organisation in the Bateman electorate.
Kids Are Kids! Therapy and Education Centre commenced operations in 1998 as a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of specialist therapy services to children aged from newborn to 13 years.
Now, 17 years on, Kids Are Kids! provide quality and tailored therapy services to families seeking developmental support for their children and are a registered provider of services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of being part of the sold-out Think Fragile X dinner at the Crown Perth Astral ballroom.
The 520 guests raised over $160 000 to assist the build of a purpose-designed sensory wing at the Kids Are Kids! centre.
The event was organised by Maria and Luke Goss, who founded the Think Fragile X Foundation to raise awareness of fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition causing intellectual disability and various behavioural and learning challenges.
Maria and Luke’s two sons, Ethan and Logan, have fragile X syndrome and I commend them for their outstanding leadership and fundraising efforts to date, and I know they will achieve a great deal more.
As a husband and father to two young boys, I believe that the nurturing and development of children is one of the highest callings any adult can undertake.
I commend chief executive officer Jane Barker, the board and the entire staff and volunteer team at Kids Are Kids!.
I am so thankful for the therapy and support Kids Are Kids! provides to families to help children flourish and for the benefit that that provides to the community of Bateman and beyond.