NQ’S ROCK’N COUNTRY is honoured to support Variety – the Children’s Charity.
Variety believes that all children deserve the same opportunities in life and all children should be able to follow their dreams and be the best they can be – no matter what life throws at them and no matter what their ability.
The Australian branch of Variety has been helping our most vulnerable children since 1975. Each year, thousands of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, get support from Variety when they need it most. When government assistance is not available, Variety provides support through grants for important items such as mobility equipment and wheelchairs, communication devices and educational aides, medical items and services, and therapies such as occupational therapy and music therapy.
One of the most well-known fundraisers for Variety is the annual Variety Bash, which was started in 1985 when entrepreneur Dick Smith took a group of adventurers on a rally through the outback from Bourke NSW to Burketown QLD in cars over 30 years old, raising $250,000 for the charity along the way. Since that first event, the Variety Bash has grown from strength to strength, injecting much needed funds into rural and remote communities, and raising millions of dollars for the charity each year.
Variety Grant Recipient Stories
Here are some examples of recent grants in the Mackay and Rockhampton areas:
- 3 year old Rylan received a Hopsa Dress (Mackay). Rylan has an undiagnosed condition likely to be of genetic and metabolic origin. He has a significant physical impairment – he is able to sit but not able to crawl or walk. The Hopsa Dress will provide him with the chance to be upright in a dynamic way different from his standing frame, strengthening his legs and learning how to use them in a step before walking.
- On the 2019 Variety Bash, Mackay Special School were granted a Sandpit and Hamilton Island State School received 4 Laptops.
- Rockhampton Horse Riding for the Disabled was established in 1976 and is a volunteer-based organisation that provides opportunities for riders with disability to enjoy horse-based activities. These activities provide innumerable benefits to participants including but not limited to improved balance, strengthened muscles, better coordination, increased endurance, improved range of movement, sense of well being and achievement. Variety granted a specialised saddle to help kids of all abilities be involved.
- 11 year old Isaac (Mackay) was presented with a Momo Tricycle on the 2019 Variety Bash. Isaac has a diagnosis of Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy which affects his trunk and extremities, predominantly his legs, causing significant weakness and asymmetrical movement patterns. This tricycle will be used daily for social and recreational activities with family, friends and peers as Isaac has no other means of participating in other physical activities. This tricycle will also help towards improving Isaac’s cardiovascular fitness, physical mobility and overall health and well-being.
- Angus (Rockhampton) is a 4yr old boy who has a clinically diagnosed but as-yet unknown genetic syndrome. He suffers mixed hearing loss in both ears and was born with a cleft palate. He has significant developmental delay – he is unable to walk or talk. He is currently 100% peg fed through a Mickey button. He has a suspected intellectual impairment. Angus will be attending the Rockhampton North Special School where they use the Proloquo2go communication system. Angus received an iPad to help at school and to communicate.