Just in time for Christmas, children of Kids Are Kids! Therapy and Education Centre were showered in gifts of trikes and bikes thanks to the support and generosity of one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms, Grant Thornton.

Kids Are Kids! and Grant Thornton are working together to help children with learning delays or disabilities in a recent partnership agreement made possible by the Grant Thornton Culture and Community Committee (GTCCC). Through the GTCCC, the Grant Thornton family helps local charity partners to grow by providing much needed pro bono services, fundraising, volunteering and mentoring.

The trikes and bikes were presented to families of Kids Are Kids! by Mr Mauri Mucciacciaro, Partner of Grant Thornton as well as Kids Are Kids! Founder and Chairperson Mr Wayne Revitt on Friday 19th December at the Grant Thornton office in West Perth. The Grant Thornton team built the trikes as an important part of their inaugural firm day and after presentation, Corporate Challenge Events helped to customise each bike or trike to the individual’s height and adjustment needs.

Development of balance, strength and coordination will be improved for 6 year old Shirah Hughes, diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Shirah’s Mother Rebecca said her daughter was so excited to receive the bike. “Shirah loves to get out especially with her siblings; they encourage one another so the bike provides an incentive for her to integrate and get active. Before now, Shirah didn’t have a bike”. Mr and Mrs Hughes were so thrilled to hear their daughter, amongst others, would be presented with a bike. “In her own expressive language Shirah was telling people about her new bike for weeks, to see her smiles of excitement were real precious moments”, said Rebecca.

“We are thrilled to have been hand-picked by Grant Thornton as a worthy not for profit organisation for the Committee to provide services and mentoring to. We are overwhelmed by their level of generosity and thoughtfulness and are so pleased that together we were able to directly help children so early on in our partnership”, said CEO of Kids Are Kids!, Jane Barker.

Therapists of Kids Are Kids! worked together to select children where a new bike or trike would be beneficial to their development and family dynamics. Senior Physiotherapist of Kids Are Kids!, Laura Sarubin attended the presentation. “To see the smile on the children’s faces was so touching, the bikes will really assist the children to enjoy outside activities by developing their gross motor skills”, said Laura. Kids Are Kids!, through their dedication and experience, continue to assist children with learning delays or difficulties and disabilities or special needs with Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Clinical Psychology Services.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing our partnership with Kids Are Kids! thrive. Helping the children is something our people and our Committee are really passionate about”, said Grant Thornton Partner and GTCCC Chair, Gail Curtis.

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