Variety of ways to raise funds for children with special needs

Posted on Monday, 27 March 2017

For families of children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, finding support can be a challenge but this is where Canterbury League Club can step in.

Since 2010, Canterbury has donated over $80,000 to Variety – the Children’s Charity who in turn, support children with special needs by providing specialised equipment, therapy and medical supplies so that they can have a normal childhood. The national not-for-profit organisation acts as a mobile of change through their three core programs – Freedom, Future Kids and Caring for Kids. The most common conditions assisted are cerebral palsy followed by intellectual disability and visual impairment.

“For every child we help, the flow on effect for their family, extended family, the teachers and school is substantial. By giving the child equipment to help them reach their potential, we can make all the difference long-term as to whether they can be independent and live a full and happy life,” said Sally Ross, Variety’s Motoring Events Coordinator.

Every year Variety also holds two NSW Variety Bashes where participants drive kooky pre-1976 cars outlandishly decorated in eye-catching props through parts of Australia that they may not otherwise see whilst fundraising for a great cause. Fondly termed as “Bashers”, participants visit regional towns stopping at schools and organisations to meet and interact with the locals and children. This year the Bash will be held in May and August.

“It can be financially challenging for parents to purchase specialised equipment or learning aids for their children – especially when they are already stressed about providing the best possible care for their family. Organisations like Variety are very important to the community as a pathway to access much needed financial support for families with children with disabilities,” said Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.