Monthly Archives: November 2023

A girl is sitting in her wheelchair smiling as Santa Claus kneels next to her.

End-of-year family day fun

On Sunday 25 November, over 100 very special families joined us at our Malvern grounds for a joyful and fun end-of-year family day celebration.

The entertainment was endless with interactive stalls, fun activities and special guests to keep the kids captivated.

There was also an opportunity for parents and carers to visit our pop-up toy store and purchase discounted gifts for the holiday season, with all proceeds going back towards Very Special Kids services.

Navigating crowded shopping centres can be a difficult and stressful experience for families who have or have had a child with a life-limiting condition. Thankfully, the free-of-charge support from Heartfelt Photography also meant families can capture their Santa or family portraits in a safe and supportive environment.

Our Youth Advisory Group – Very Special Kids siblings aged between 14 to 25 – hosted a variety of ball games and fun activities for everyone to participate in. While the animal barn and reptile encounters were a firm favourite for the more adventurous kids!

Two images - children holding a snake at an animal farm, and two boys sitting in their wheelchairs smiling with two adults dressed in Christmas outfits.

The arrival of Santa was highly anticipated and, on a fire truck provided by the Glen Iris & Windsor teams from Fire Rescue Victoria, certainly didn’t disappoint. Children also welcomed a visit from Malvern Police Station.

The end-of-year family day would not have been possible without the support of our devoted volunteers who helped in the lead up and on the day. Special mention to our volunteer bakers who cooked up some sweet treats, as well as our artistic face painters who created festive designs!

We are so grateful to all our wonderful suppliers, many who gifted their services for the day or time, free-of-charge.

An older woman is blowing out candles on her birthday cake. They indicate that she is turning 90.

Celebrating a very special birthday

Our first employee and patron, Sister Margaret Noone, celebrated a very special milestone today – turning 90 years old.

Sister Margaret’s life is a beacon of inspiration and her presence has enriched countless hearts. Our staff were delighted to celebrate alongside her and honour the many accomplishments she has achieved throughout her lifetime.

One staff member shared a beautiful poem to recognise this very special birthday.

Celebrating 90 years

To work at Very Special Kids is rewarding but challenging
And each of us does our best and plays our part
But to start Very Special Kids from nothing
Takes a heightened commitment, stamina and heart

Margaret endured many roadblocks growing Very Special Kids with incredible resolve
And to us, and future staff, our road forward is clear
For we must and will continue to improve our care for children and families
To sustain the legacy of our patron and pioneer

Playing a role in Margaret’s journey is certainly a privilege
Prolonging her legacy is a must
We join Margaret in celebration of 90 years
And in stewarding Very Special Kids’ future, we appreciate her ongoing trust

Margaret suffers no fools
And she has a very cheeky wit
She should be incredibly proud of all she has done in 90 years
Every day, year, in fact, every little bit

Happy birthday Margaret!

A family of four are sitting indoors, they are smiling and the young girl is sitting in her wheelchair. The text reads: A very special day, Tuesday 21 November.

Today is a very special day!

On Tuesday 21 November there will be double the excitement as we celebrate the opening of our world-class hospice and we also hold our annual matched giving day, A Very Special Day.

For 24-hours only, all donations will be doubled to help keep the doors to Very Special Kids House open to children and young people with life-limiting conditions, 24/7.

For the children and families we support, if they can’t turn to us they would have nowhere else to go. We must always be by their side; providing the vital respite and care they desperately need.   

Please join us on Tuesday 21 November! You can: 

  • Help spread the word. Share our communications with your networks – friends, family, neighbours, members of your community groups.
  • Help fundraise by setting up a fundraising page. Gather some very special people and find a fun way to fundraise ahead of the day, knowing all your contributions will be doubled. You can sign up and create a fundraising page here.
  • Donate on A Very Special Day. Have your impact doubled on the day! Donate here.