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The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival was a great success for Very Special Kids as the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) official charity partner. We are thrilled to have raised over $440,000 through the Pin & Win Campaign so far, with donations still being received.Very Special K... Read More


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As many of you may be aware, our hospice is set to be demolished and rebuilt from December 2020.It was built almost 23 years ago and, because technology and clinical care has advanced since then, it was decided that a complete rebuild was needed to ensure we provide the b... Read More


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

What is your role at VSK?PhysiotherapistFor someone who might not understand what this means, can you briefly explain?In general, paediatric physiotherapists have skills in managing children with a wide range of conditions which affect their physical development and... Read More


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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


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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 save his life, his death and to life now wit... Read More


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Tell us about what you do at VSKI am the Family Support Team ManagerWhat’s unique about your role?My role is unique because VSK is unique and this role does not exist anywhere else. My role allows me to bring the voice of VSK families and those who work directly wi... Read More


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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 a... 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


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

Tell us about what you do at VSKFamily Support Practitioner – providing emotional support, counselling and advocacy to Very Special Kids families in many different waysWhat’s unique about your role?As an FSP, I am privileged to be able to work with families from t... Read More


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