The ability to stand and walk is something many of us take for granted. However for 11 young children, taking independent steps will be a unique and empowering experience thanks to a partnership between Variety – the Children’s Charity, Yooralla and Scope. This initiative is thanks to Variety Life and Board Member Mike Brady and the supporters of his ‘Non-Event’ for the funding of these grants. These children will now receive life-changing equipment and the chance to walk.
On Tuesday July 17, five of the 11 children will receive walking equipment customised to their individual needs. This equipment will assist them in taking their first independent steps.
For 2 ½ year old Jasper, his family is extremely excited about receiving a David Hart Walker and the increase to his quality of life it will have. A David Hart Walker is an orthotic walking frame that encourages children with a disability to walk independently. Overall, Variety is providing over $50,000 worth of equipment to 11 children in need.
“This David Hart Walker will give Jasper the best position to be able to walk. We are extremely grateful to Scope and Variety – the Children’s Charity,” said Mandy, Jasper’s mum.
Three year old Shyla will receive her first review after having been fitted with her David Hart Walker a month ago. For Shyla, the walker has resulted in gaining additional confidence and independence.
“Scope is so appreciative of this initiative and Variety in enabling these 11 children to be fitted with walkers. These walkers will increase the independence of these children,” said Jennifer Fitzgerald, Scope’s CEO.
Scope is a not-for-profit organisation providing disability services that positively impact the daily lives of thousands of Victorian children and adults. Scope’s mission is to support people with a disability to achieve their potential in welcoming and inclusive communities.
Variety – the Children’s Charity works to empower children, who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Yooralla is one of Victoria's oldest and largest non-profit community service providers. We support people who live with disability acquired from birth, accident, ill-health or age, to do everyday things like eating, moving about, talking, showering, working and generally living independently.