Variety Sunshine Coach Brings Joy and Inclusion to Skene Street Specialist School Students

August 11, 2023 by Variety - the Children's Charity

Variety Sunshine Coach Brings Joy and Inclusion to Skene Street Specialist School Students

Variety – the Children’s Charity is gearing up to deliver an inspiring moment of inclusion and empowerment as it presents a Variety Sunshine Coach to Skene Street Specialist School in Stawell. The presentation will take place on August 11th at 11:00 AM, marking a significant step towards enhancing the lives of students with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Skene Street Specialist School in Stawell, with its diverse range of students with intellectual and physical disabilities, is the recipient of this Variety Sunshine Coach. The Variety Sunshine Coach promises to nurture independence, elevate self-confidence, and enrich students’ quality of life by granting access to community activities, interactions, and excursions.

This brand-new Variety Sunshine Coach is a 12-seater bus and has been customised to accommodate one wheelchair, ensuring that every student, no matter of circumstances, can be included in enriching experiences and adventures that were once out of reach.

This amazing grant has been made possible thanks to the support of the individuals who attended and supported the 2022 Variety Toyota AFL Grand Final Lunch, Chadstone Kia, and long-term Variety supporter the Sheen Group. Through the event’s combined fundraising efforts, Variety – the Children’s Charity can provide this essential Variety Sunshine Coach to the school.

“A new bus means the world to us all, especially our students,” shared Robyn, of Skene Street Specialist School. “Interacting with the community, participating, and learning can lead to improved health and wellbeing and quality of life outcomes. It can also boost their self-confidence. We have students who don’t want to go on school holidays and cry because they want to stay at school and at times, it can break our hearts when we cannot take them to events simply because we have no transport. But thanks to the generosity of the Variety community this is all about to change. We cannot wait to share our adventures with you.”

Mel Williams (Head of Marketing & Fundraising at Variety Victoria) presents the keys to Sandi Slocombe (Principal of Skene Street Specialist School).
Students at Skene Street Specialist School in Stawell at the presentation of their new Variety Sunshine Coach.
Skene Street Specialist School’s brand new Variety Sunshine Coach!

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