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Very Special Kids News

Ryan and Karen Fowler are on a mission help ease the heartache of other Australian families following the death of their toddler, Rio.At just 16-months of age, Rio spent 40 days in hospital with what appeared to be gastro but the toddler rapidly became sicker, eventually bein... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

Penne Schwarz’s life was thrown upside down, changed forever, the day her bright and bubbly five-year-old son, Joshua, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Penne is sharing her raw thoughts from diagnosis, her desperate fight to sav... Read More


Categories: Family News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News

Reflection by Natasha Mills - bereaved mother of LeroyI was very skeptical about attending the Bereaved Parents' Weekend when I first heard about it. My initial reaction was "no way, that's not for me". A year or more later the opportunity popped up again and my husband and I... Read More


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An adolescent sibling supported by Very Special Kids reflects on their unique experience at Mittagundi.For one amazing week, sixteen adolescents got to experience the Mittagundi Winter Program. The journey started with a six hour bus ride up to Mittagundi, which took us throu... Read More


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Our very own Child Life Therapist, Shari Manley, creates moments that can make a day special.Nick is well known for his wide smile and positive energy. He enjoys movement and music and brings joy to the Hospice when he is free to explore items and instruments that make soun... Read More


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Tell us about what you do at VSKFamily Support Practitioner – providing emotional support, counselling and advocacy to Very Special Kids families in many different ways<... Read More


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(Pictured is seven-year-old Very Special Kid, Ace, who helped us launch our Pin & Win campaign)Australian actress and director Rachel Griffiths will join a stellar Pin & Win ambassador line-up, it’s been announced today.Griffiths joins former Miss Universe Austr... Read More


Categories: Family News, Fundraising News, Hospice News, Very Special Kids News, Volunteer News

We often hear the phrases ‘there is no hope’, or that the situation is ‘hopeless’. These phrases only lead to a sense of defeat, failure and for some guilt, that they have been unable to save their child.But hope is in fact everywhere…


A contingent of high-profile football personalities engaged in a humorous debate which raised more than $200,000 to care for families that have a child with a life-threatening condition.Hosted by Channel Seven’s Hamish McLachlan at the Atlantic in Docklands, the Very Specia... Read More


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Collaboration between Very Special Kids Child Life Therapist Shari and Physiotherapist Belinda has resulted in an exciting, newly developed space consisting of soft play equipment for children to use during their respite stays in the hospice.The soft play is located in the pl... Read More


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