Since its inception two years ago the Think Fragile X Foundation has raised in excess of $240,000 for Kids Are Kids! a not for profit therapy and education centre. With the incredible amount of funds raised by the Foundation, the team announces the completion of a Parent & Carers Retreat, the Fraggles Physiotherapy room and a fully renovated fresh reception and waiting area.
On Monday night families and supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of the new facilities and to see the lucky winners of 7 bikes – also donated by the Foundation. Maria and Luke Goss, Founders of the Think Fragile X Foundation, proudly cut the ribbon to officially open the building to the public.
While families enjoyed refreshments and light finger food they were given a grand tour
of the new facilities. One parent said, “I now feel confident for my Daughter, aged 4 with Cerebral Palsy, to receive Physiotherapy at the centre. The parallel bars, sit to stand aids and other equipment will really assist with her strength building, balance and coordination. For our family, this will make the world of difference”.
The Parent & Carers Retreat was designed and fitted out with only the families in mind. Maria Goss said that its imperative families feel they have the space to escape the craziness of life with a child with a disability. “My two gorgeous boys have Fragile X Syndrome, so I know first-hand how challenging it can be just to get through a day, some time out can really help you cope and regain your strength”, said Maria. The room has been fitted out with bright but relaxing textures and colours, with a comfortable couch, a coffee machine, treats, TV and magazines.
To add to the excitement of the launch, 7 children were gifted a Southern Cross bicycle as part of a ‘Win a Bike’ Competition thanks to the Think Fragile X Foundation and Kids Are Kids! There were some creative entries and very happy faces on the night. Mum of Eve Coomer, age 6, said “We haven’t been able to wipe the smile from Eve’s face. Her old bike was due for replacing so this has come at the perfect time”.
General Manager of Kids Are Kids, Teresa Barrie is impressed with how well the centre presents itself now and is excited to be able to offer the new resources and facilities to families. “We’ve been at this premise for 18 years now and as a not for profit organisation we’ve come a long way; we are so appreciative and overwhelmed by the level of community support and now thanks to this support we have some amazing facilities to offer our families”.
The planning and construction of a new sensory wing, funded by the Think Fragile X Foundation 2015 Gala Dinner is well underway with construction planned to be complete by February 2016. The wing is aimed at providing children with sensory issues a safe place where they can explore, learn and calm themselves through touch, feel, sound and light.