Beneficiary Visits 2009
TSWF staff and board members are keen to visit the 2010 beneficiaries – watch this space for details!
Tiffany Jones, our Beneficiary Liaison helped present Kinglake, Middle Kinglake and Kinglake West Primary Schools with a 12-seater Sunshine Coach on Wednesday 29th April, at the Kinglake Football Oval. The presentation is part of a wide-range of activities that Variety and The Shane Warne Foundation is coordinating to help provide equipment and services to schools and communities devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires. The Toyota Commuter mini bus will provide increased opportunities for students to attend events outside the immediate area, which is extremely important in the students’ recovery process following the devastating bushfires. All three schools were severely impacted by the fires – Middle Kinglake Primary School was completely destroyed.
Chum Creek Primary School
Board member Glenn Robbins and Tina Tripp GM visited the kids of Chum Creek Primary School early in the year. TSWF and Variety have been working together to ease the suffering of the victims of Black Saturday and donated a bus to transport the kids in the area to and from school and around the town.
Royal Children’s Hospital & The Clown Doctors
On Monday 15th June, Chairman Shane Warne along with Clown Doctors from the Humour Foundation, Dr. Tickle and Dr. Fairy-Floss visited some very special children at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. The Clown Doctors divert children during painful procedures, help calm distressed children in emergency, and encourage children in physiotherapy, or just brighten their day. Shane was thrilled he could team up with the Clown Doctors to help these children to forget their illness for a moment and return to a world of fantasy and play.
Windermere Child & Family Services
On Wednesday 15th April, Garry, Tina and Tiffany drove out to see the wonderful work of Tiffany Chan and the team at Windermere Child and Family Services. Windermere CFS, who are one of our 2009 Beneficiaries, works with children and their families who have additional needs in two or more development areas. Our funding has been used to purchase standing frames, positional equipment, switches and switch toys, touch screen computers and software. We were very lucky to see first-hand how important this equipment is to these children.
Assistance Dogs Australia
After spending the morning with the children at Windermere; Garry, Tina & Tiffany headed to the Assistance Dogs Graduation Ceremony, where we witnessed the joining of teams and the celebration of the freedom that Assistance Dogs provide to their owners. Garry also presented Assistance Dogs Australia with their cheque from The Shane Warne Foundation.
Assistance Dogs Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with physical disabilities. The dogs end up mastering over 50 commands, performing tasks that are difficult, if not impossible for someone confined to a wheelchair to undertake on their own. Funding from The Shane Warne Foundation enabled Assistance Dogs Australia to purchase one puppy to train and match up with a child with a disability. We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to name our puppy, who we have called “Flipper”!
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