At the inaugural Think Fragile X Dinner 320 guests came together and raised in excess of $80,300 for not-for-profit children’s therapy and education centre Kids are Kids! The Dinner, organised almost single-handedly by parents Maria and Luke Goss, generated an overwhelming level of support for the event. The Think Fragile X Foundation was created by Maria and Luke Goss, their two young sons have FXS (Fragile X Syndrome), a genetic condition causing intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and various physical characteristics.
It is their mission to raise awareness of the condition and fund treatment for children less fortunate than others. “Together, through the work of our foundation we hope to educate the public about Fragile X and show them the beauty that comes from working hard and loving deeply”, Maria said.
The sell out event was held at The Rise Function Centre in February where attendees enjoyed ballot bidding along with fabulous food, wine and entertainment.
As Kids are Kids! clients, Maria and Luke are grateful of the support and help the organisation has given to the family. “The therapy, care and compassion from the staff at Kids are Kids is invaluable at a very difficult time for families”, Maria said.
Kids are Kids! CEO, Jane Barker said “It is a great privilege for Kids are Kids! to be associated with the Think Fragile X Foundation and we are so very grateful to Maria and Luke, donators and attendees for the incredible generosity”. The funds raised will contribute to the establishment of a Parent Support Program to provide respite care, a parents’ retreat and events to provide motivating and inspiring speakers to give parents hope and increased capacity to nurture their child. Funds will also be contributed toward initiatives, specialised group programs and technical educational and learning equipment.
Kids are Kids! provides therapy assessment and intervention to children of all levels of disability or delay. Their services include Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Clinical Psychology, a specialists’ referral is not always necessary.