For six-year-olds, each day is an exciting journey of new things to learn at home and at school. For six-year-old Jade* and many children alike, simple learning experiences can be challenging and frustrating as they deal with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Motor Disorders or behaviour and learning difficulties.
With the help of the Child Development Services (CDS) team, these children are able to acquire the help they need to learn in an environment that suits them.
Previously after their sixth birthday they would no longer qualify for assistance by CDS and, for parents who can’t afford to see a paediatrician, this is where assistance would stop. Thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of Mix Fm’s ‘GM54K’ and the 2014 Run Sunshine Coast, that’s about to change.
The $395,615 raised through Mix FM’s ‘GM54K’ appeal together with the $136,570 raised through Run Sunshine Coast, gave CDS the funding they need to move to a bigger location at Wises Road to accommodate the growing needs of the team and to pay for the additional 1.8 extra positions required within the team.
This is an exciting move that means, commencing January 2015, the CDS team will be assessing children aged six – eight for the first time ever. For children like Jade, this allows them to continue with CDS for another two years, making the transition to school, an easier one.
Child Development services team leader Angela Carpenter says it feels like Christmas has come early.
“We are just so excited about the move, the resources we have are amazing and the funding has been incredible,” Ms Carpenter said.
“It shows that the staff are valued and the role is valued and we wouldn’t have all of this without the support from Wishlist and the Community.”
“Expanding to an older age range group allows us to move to a state-wide model of care which is up there with the best state care.”
The CDS staff are excited to finally have a facility that will allow them to run a full range of clinics that will accommodate the developmental paediatrician which previously wasn’t possible.
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe is thrilled that Wishlist could help this amazing team but it was the support of others that made all the difference.
“I’d like to extend a very special thank you to 92.7 Mix FM, the Cotton On Foundation and to each and every person or business who got behind Mix FM’s ‘GM54K’ or Run Sunshine Coast. Your support made this happen” Ms Rowe said.
“At Wishlist, we strive to be ‘there for you’ and to be able to support the CDS team to expand their incredible work, is what we are all about.”
*Name has been changed