GIVING DAY | Thursday 29 June
The reality - 10,000 South Australian kids face hearing and vision challenges each and every day. They generally don’t get a say in this fact and neither do their parents.
Together we can give these kids a bright start and help them flourish for an even brighter future.
Our Can:Do 4Kids Giving Day invites the community and our supporters, big and small, to join together for this common cause, to help us create impact and awareness over a 12 hour period.
On Thursday 29 June 2023, all donations made over this 12 hour period (7am – 7pm) will be doubled, increasing the impact of the gift.
- The phone number to call on 29 June and donate is: 08 8100 8222
- Or you can drop into our Noarlunga Colonnades Centre on 29 June and donate in person
- Or you can donate online, here any time.
Changes to the grant guidelines from January 2022 have made it near impossible for some children aged 0-3 years old from receiving Early Intervention services.
The early years are critical for development, and children who are newly diagnosed and waiting for their NDIS funding to be approved are at risk of falling through the gaps.
It costs Can:Do 4Kids $193 to provide one hour of early intervention therapy. We need to have 250 hours available to support families like Michaela's (story below) who do not have government funding.
Thanks to generous supporters Can:Do 4Kids are able to continue critical Early Intervention services and support the families who need this service.
Together we can help kids like twins Florence and Evie, who went through the newborn hearing screening like all other babies, but Florence unfortunately failed the test. The newborn hearing test is given to all newborns before they leave the hospital. It measures baby's response to sounds and it’s actually not uncommon for newborns to fail their hearing screening due to a number of factors. However Florence was a chatty bub, and her twin sister Evie, the quieter one… so it came as a shock to learn that it was Florence who failed her hearing test!
“I know Florence’s hearing journey won’t be easy but with the help, encouragement and support of the team at Can:Do 4Kids I know we are in great hands and her future is bright. I am incredibly grateful for the support Can:Do 4Kids has provided not just to Florence but my entire family.” says mum Michaela.
Plus we must remember so many more examples of the work we do at Can:Do 4Kids… because we can and we care.
The kids who have been through our programs and continue to flourish include Adeline Roe, who was the winner of the Active Inclusion Award at the SA Sport Awards for mounting an inspiring campaign to champion a female blind cricket team in SA. Now 1 year on she is heading to Birmingham to represent Australia at the IBSA world games and she recently was guest speaker at our Dinner in the dark event. She continues to shine a light on bright starts for kids with vision impairment.
Then there’s Antony Abbraciavento who was recently awarded the Lions Children of Courage Award 2022/23 by Her Excellency, the Governor of South Australia. We truly believe Antony displays the outstanding qualities and achievements worthy of the award as he copes with his vision impairment with his Can:Do attitude, displaying incredible resilience, persistence and determination in himself but also with the support of family and assistive technology to get through every day. Antony was born with a rare congenital condition called Microphthalmia which occurs in approximately 1 in 10,000 individuals.
This Giving Day, we will demonstrate our commitment to our Can:Do kids to live a life without limits And with your support we can create a brighter future for every child who walks through our doors.
Together we can create a bright start, to live a life without limits.