Help when it’s needed most
Every child deserves the chance to be the best they can be, to get the most out of life, regardless of their ability or background. For some families, having a child with special needs can be a life-long challenge.
Imagine if your child needed round-the-clock care that you just couldn’t afford. Or an expensive piece of medical equipment to help them walk or talk.
Where would you turn for help?
For children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, that place is Variety – the Children’s Charity. Each year, thousands of these children and their families turn to Variety for support when they need it most. And many more are waiting patiently for caring people like you to help them.
You can make the biggest difference of all.
Variety is where families find help when government assistance isn’t available. When they can’t afford specialist care and equipment for their child. When there’s nowhere else to turn.
Your donation today will help change kids’ lives in ways you may never have imagined.
Like all eight-year-old kids, Gigi likes to pack a lot into her days. When she’s not at school, she loves to play with her little sister, make home-made pizza or visit her grandparents.
Gigi’s main mode of transport is a wheelchair. The little girl was diagnosed with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy at nine months of age. Specialty equipment is all part of life for Gigi.
But like little girls do, Gigi has grown, and her existing wheelchair didn’t suit her needs anymore. That’s where Variety stepped in.
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Ashlyn has an artistic eye and a passion for painting. It’s a way for her to unwind and lose herself in the medium, creating images of intense meaning and beauty. To help Ashlyn pursue her artistic dreams she received a Variety Heart Scholarship in The Arts in 2018.
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Gabriella is making waves in the pool.
Gabriella represented her school and then went on to represent Combined Independent Schools (CIS), at the NSW all schools swimming championships in Sydney. Winning two gold and two silver medals at the NSW CIS swimming championships in Sydney, Gabriella also broke a NSW Multi class record in backstroke, previously held by another Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Maddie Elliot. Taking it that next step Gabriella has also been selected to compete in the Australian All schools swimming championships in Hobart.
Dreaming of becoming a robotic engineer Cj put his Variety Heart Scholarship in Education to good use, entering a variety of science competitions and investing a new laptop to allow him to research on the go.
”I enjoy experimenting and making a difference. The area of Science is huge and I get excited about what lays ahead” says Cj.
Not everyone enjoys the sound of a recorder but Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Phoenix, 11, is taking his recorder to the Sydney Opera House.
Phoenix is passionate about his music, taking every opportunity to perform in his local community, at school events, and in competitions. “I like doing what I do and it’s really fun”. said Pheonix
Dedicating his time to one sport wasn’t enough for Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Oscar, 18, who’s been making a name for himself as a swimmer, footballer, and a cricketer.
The last year has been a whirlwind for Oscar. “My Variety Heart Scholarship has given me the ability to fearlessly commit to my goals.” said Oscar “They have supported so much of my travel and given me independence to make decisions in regards to my training that I otherwise would not have.”
Variety Heart Scholarship recipient Kiki, 13, knows what she wants in life – to act.
“I love acting. That’s it. That’s what I want to do with my life. I want to act, be on Broadway. I know I have to study as well as I need a backup plan, but acting is my life, and I am trying to be good academically as well as acting.”
Say what you will about Married at First Sight, but a celebrity encounter during the show has helped a sick boy who hasn’t had a good night’s sleep in his entire life.
Gina son George,10, was born with a rare condition that has little awareness and no funding. It’s called Hirschsprung Disease, and it involves missing nerve cells in the muscles of part or all of the large intestine – also known as the colon. Some children like George have to sleep in an elevated position due to severe reflux. The family was using a wedge for George, but as he gets bigger, what she really needed for his was a hospital-style bed so she can easily elevate her son so he can’t slip off the wedge during the night.
When our CEO David Sexton read a 9Honey story about the family he knew Variety could help.
Her physiotherapist recommended an adjustable chair for Mary, so she could sit at the table with her family. Really, it’s not a big ask. Being able to enjoy meals at the table with your family. But it wasn’t easy for young Mary, who is in a wheelchair.
Variety approved the grant application, enabling the seven-year-old better mobility.
There is no one else in the world quite like four-year-old Eva Pym.
Two weeks after Eva’s birth, genetic testing indicated she has a rare chromosomal deletion disorder; she is the only known child in the world with this particular deletion.
The chromosomal disorder means Eva has severe movement and mobility delays and development and language delays.
Despite having Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and no longer able to walk, 16 year old Brandon Stroud from Canberra is embracing life.
Brandon is getting out and about at every opportunity thanks to the generous help of Variety – the Children’s Charity who have assisted with a significant vehicle modification to the family car to enable him greater mobility.
As a full-time carer for his son Jayden, who has the rare brain formation disorder, Lissencephaly, dad Michael said he always has something to worry about, but recently Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW was able to step in and alleviate some of his stress by granting a DMO Suit, Sandal Raiser and PEG feeds for Jayden.
At 12 months old, Bronnie Everingham noticed her son, Joel was not putting any weight on his feet nor showing the typical milestones for his age of trying to stand.
After consulting a paediatrician, Joel was diagnosed with global developmental delay, characterised by low muscle tone and told that he may never walk.
With family 4 hours away in Taree young Joshua and his mum, Suzie, are making a life in Maroubra.
Joshua, aged 9, lives with epilepsy, severe gut dysmotility requiring PEG feeds and global developmental delay but that doesn’t stop him. While Joshua already had a wheelchair, he desperately needed a walker so that he could learn to walk on his own.
Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW has helped 10 year old Erin of Smithfield reclaim her confidence and self-esteem, by providing a specialised wig for the young girl, who lives with alopecia.
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that affects hair growth on the scalp and entire body which results in minor or complete hair loss with slim chances of regrowth, for which there is no cure.
Variety Heart Scholarship helps Charlie on her way to becoming a classical musician.
”Charlie’s passions are classical music and art, when she is not on her flute or piano, she is creating art. Music and art bring her great joy along with spending time with her friends, cat, dog and me.” says mum Sharon
The costs of performing at an advanced level, especially for kids living in regional areas, can often limit their ability to pursue their dreams. For Charlie, 17 from Murwillumbah, that dream is of becoming a classical musician of merit.