KidzWish speech pathologist Susannah Jennings said the devices, worth almost $800, will really boost Chanelle’s communication skills and independence as she prepares to go to school next year.
Chanelle has a global development disability and is receiving speech therapy and other support from KidzWish.
Greater Building Society Wollongong branch manager Craig Mowbray said the Giving Tree program provides equipment to improve the general health and independence of Illawarra and South Coast children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability. The Greater has provided $25,000 to the program and contributed to the cost of a giant giving tree at Stockland Shellharbour to raise a further $35,000 in funds from the community. So far more than $11,000 has been raised from community donations.
“The Greater has helped KidzWish grant wishes for seven Illawarra and South Coast kids ranging from basketball wheelchairs, orthotics, and other communication devices,” Mr Mowbray said.
Mr Mowbray urged local people to get behind KidzWish and help local families by purchasing a personalised leaf for the tree at any of the Greater’s six Illawarra branches, the Stockland Shellharbour Customer Care Desk or by clicking here. All proceeds go to helping grant other wishes.
He said that a Giving Tree leaf could be the perfect Christmas present for that hard to buy for person.
“You’ll be giving a gift that helps make life better for a local family.”