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It may be December already, but 2022 is not over yet! Thanks to our very special community hosting Christmas fundraising activities, there are plenty of ways you can support Very Special Kids this festive season! City of Stonnington Carols Very Special Kids is proud to be the selected charity of this year’s City of Stonnington Carols. 100% of proceeds from the sale of candles and event programs at both carols events will go to Very Special Kids. Family Christmas at...

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The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a new initiative that provides very special siblings between the ages of 14 to 25 a platform to be heard. The group is made up of nine enthusiastic, motivated, and inspiring young adult and adolescent siblings eager to express their thoughts and ideas in bold, creative ways.    In this series, our Youth Advisory Group members have interviewed each other to learn a bit more about their day-to-day life experiences and time with Very Special...

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On Sunday 20 November, over 60 Very Special Kids’ families joined us at our Malvern grounds for our first end-of-year family day in two years. The weather was wild and unpredictable but remained no match for the joy and laughter of all the children who attended. There was entertainment galore with interactive stalls, fun activities and special guests to keep the kids captivated. The holiday season can be a stressful time for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and...

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30
Nov 2022

No parent will ever forget the moment they first lay eyes on their newborn child. For Eve’s mum and dad, Georgie and Shaun, this moment of joy was quickly overshadowed by fear when they heard their baby wasn’t breathing and Eve’s lungs had collapsed. Every second that went by in that delivery room was excruciating for Eve’s parents, as they watched their newborn baby fighting for her life. Her doctors didn’t know if she would survive the night. Georgie said, “We...

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Award-winning home builder, Henley Homes, has helped Very Special Kids build a better quality of life for seriously-ill children and their families with the sale of a double-story family home.    Located in Bonnie Brook in Melbourne’s outer west, the Very Special Kids charity home sold for $750,000 prior to auction, with 100% of proceeds going towards our holistic palliative care services.  The funds from this sale have helped us hit our hospice-rebuild target, ensuring we can open the doors...

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Categories: Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a new initiative that provides very special siblings between the ages of 14 to 25 a platform to be heard. The group is made up of nine enthusiastic, motivated, and inspiring young adult and adolescent siblings eager to express their thoughts and ideas in bold, creative ways.    In this series, our Youth Advisory Group members have interviewed each other to learn a bit more about their day-to-day life experiences and time with Very Special...

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On Thursday 3 November, we held a very special Oaks Day Lunch!  Everyone was dressed to the nines, adorning their favourite fascinator and frock as we raised vital funds for Very Special Kids’ holistic children’s palliative care services.   We are thrilled to announce that over $45,000 was raised to support children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.  Thank you so much to our fantastic MC Luke Darcy, DJ Miss Dee and saxophonist Justin Hall. A very special...

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Categories: Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

The Christmas season is fast approaching, are you feeling festive? If you are starting to string up your decorations, and would like to make your festive light display very special by fundraising for Very Special Kids, we want to hear from you! With your support, Very Special Kids can continue to provide care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. The Very Special Kids team can assist your Christmas lights fundraising through: Posters with a QR...

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Categories: Fundraising News, Very Special Kids News

The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a new initiative that provides very special siblings between the ages of 14 to 25 a platform to be heard. The group is made up of nine enthusiastic, motivated, and inspiring young adult and adolescent siblings eager to express their thoughts and ideas in bold, creative ways. In this series, our Youth Advisory Group members have interviewed each other to learn a bit more about their day-to-day life experiences and time with Very Special...

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18
Oct 2022

Written by Pauline Hammond, Family Support Practitioner No one understands the experience of life-limiting illness better than the very special children we support. Pauline Hammond, one of our family support practitioners, shares a conversation she had with a Very Special Kids child who recounted his own experience with a terminal cancer condition.   A Piece of Cake  He was a very brave and sick ten year old, diagnosed with cancer. He had horrible tests, medicines, and treatments for his cancer, but...

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