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Thank you to everyone who donated and shared our message over the last 24 hours to make our first Giving Day a huge success! Together, we have raised an incredible $412,000 to help us continue providing essential family support and paediatric palliative care services to the child... Read More


Categories: Family News

We are excited to be holding our first ever Giving Day, as part of the iconic Piggy Bank Appeal, which is now in its 23rd year.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the usual sight of the giant piggy banks and tins rattling all over Victoria won’t be able to take place.Regardle... Read More


Categories: Family News

Mandy Lobley remembers fundraising to fill pink pigs at school, but little did she know the fond memories she had of ‘the pig charity’ would later become such a big part of her life.In conjunction with her role as carer in the hospice Mandy is studying genetic counselli... Read More


Categories: Family News

When Jasmine was a new mother, she had gotten used to having little support due relocating as part of her partner’s career in the military.But when her second-born, Alicia, was diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, she knew she couldn’t continue without more support. ... Read More


Categories: Family News

Pictured: Daniel and his son Marcus, who died in 2013.If there’s a piece of advice Daniel would pass onto all dads this Father’s Day, it’s to be present and to spend as much time with your kids as you can.“You can always get more money, but you can’t get more ti... Read More


Categories: Family News

By Pauline Hammond, Grampians Region Family Support PractitionerFor those of us working in paediatric palliative care, the statement “You must be a special type of person to do the work you do”, is praise that we’ve all received, somewhat awkwardly, at one stage or anot... Read More


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Dying To Know Day (8 August) is an annual day of action dedicated to activating conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.Very Special Kids is using this day as an opportunity to open up the discussion of how we, as a society of many cultures, fa... Read More


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

By Shari Manley, Child Life TherapistDuring times of isolation when we are physically distant from family and friends there is nothing more comforting than a smile and warm welcome from a familiar face. Pip and Shari know first-hand the positive impact of seeing a friend and ... Read More


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Imagine dealing with the pain of knowing that your child is going to die. Thinking about your child’s funeral, and even discussing it with them, is something that many parents simply couldn’t face.That’s where Very Special Kids Family Support Team come in.While the ... Read More


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An important part of Very Special Kids services is the sibling support program, connecting young people who have, or have had, a brother or sister with a life-threatening condition. The adolescent program offers an annual camp providing siblings an opportunity to create treasured... Read More


Categories: Family News, Very Special Kids News