Potions were brewed and spells were cast at January’s Once Upon a Time themed Hospice School Holiday Program.
Over three spellbinding weeks, children petted cute koalas, mixed magical potions, enjoyed musical activities and went on exciting excursions to the Tivoli Theatre and Scienceworks.
Wheelchair makeovers proved to be the most popular craft activity, with children racing around as fiery dragons on wheels, and enchanting stories spun by visiting storyteller Matteo left children spellbound.
Children donned wonderful hats for a delicious Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and created mystical dragon eggs and magical wands with help from Svetlana from the Art Cabriolet.
Operated four times each year by Very Special Kids Hospice, the Hospice School Holiday Program ensures that children with life-threatening conditions have access to activities and outings in a safe and controlled environment.
Special thanks to our passionate and trained volunteers who generously gave their time to help at the Hospice Holiday Program.
Very Special Kids CEO Sarah Hosking is moving with her family to New South Wales, and has resigned from her position.
General Manager Kara Briggs has taken on the role of Acting CEO while the board recruits a replacement.
Sarah has made an incredible contribution in her three years as CEO of Very Special Kids, including increasing the capacity of the hospice and family accommodation, extending the number of families we support from 800 to 900, securing $4million in federal funding and seeing us through our inaugural National Standards accreditation.
She will be missed and Very Special Kids wishes her all the best for her future pursuits.
Summer festival fun was on the cards as 25 adolescent siblings caught some sun at the Very Special Kids Adolescent Siblings Day on Thursday 21 January.
Grooving to tunes pumped out by DJ BennyB, those in attendance whooshed along the water slide, posed for summer-themed happy-snaps in the photo booth, and chilled out in inflatable pools and deckchairs. Delicious burgers and crispy chips were on the menu for lunch, with a decadent pool-themed cake for dessert.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly slipping and sliding down the water slide to music, with Justin Bieber playing on high rotation.
Adolescent Sibling Days give high-school aged siblings of children with life-threatening conditions opportunities to connect with others experiencing similar circumstances, make new friends and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. The Adolescent Sibling Camp will be held in March, and will again provide adolescent siblings with such opportunities.
Very Special Kids would like to thank Grill’d Malvern, who donated burgers and chips for everyone; Cake Angels, who make all cakes for Sibling Days free-of-charge; and DJ BennyB, who generously gave his time as well as providing the photo booth and bubble machine.
Special thanks also to the team of six dedicated and trained volunteers who generously gave their time to help at the Adolescent Sibling Day.
At Very Special Kids, we acknowledge
the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples as the traditional custodians of the land.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the
lands across Victoria where our services are located.
We also pay our respects to ancestors and Elders,
past, present and future.