On Saturday the baby and I went to Westfield Marion to take part in the Westfield Give Ability Day fundraising event. As we wandered around the centre we did a lot of people watching and we ate a lot of glazed nuts.
Glazed nuts you might be asking? Why glazed nuts? Well, the team at Charlesworth Nuts were doing live nut glazing demonstrations as part of day’s events and seeing that I love nuts I was beyond excited. I even think the four teenage boys I saw wearing Hungry Jacks’ party hats were excited!
This was the first Give Ability Day event for Westfield and it’s raised money to help make the lives of kids with disabilities a little easier. All of the money raised at the Marion event, that is 100 per cent, went to a great service provider, Can:Do 4 Kids. The charitable group, based at Hove and Modbury North, provides free services to SA children who are blind, deaf or sensory impaired.
I stopped and chatted to some of the wonderful people at Can:Do 4 Kids and they said the Westfield Give Ability Campaign was a fantastic initiative to not only raise money the group so desperately needs, but it also helped raise its profile among the local community.
For those people who took part in the day’s events like talented artist Lucy Bonnin, the players from the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Adelaide United, the volunteers who collected money and the people who put some money in the collection tins you should be proud. If you didn’t make it to Westfield then you can always send a donation to Can:Do 4 Kids at any time. It does amazing work and needs all the support it can get. Check out its website, www.cando4kids.com.au to find out more about what they do to help kids. With limited government funding and an increase in waiting lists, it needs our support to continue delivering services including early intervention, occupational therapy, speech pathology, research and training.