Variety the spice of life for kids
VARIETY is a charity that has made a difference in the lives of many children on the Fraser Coast – and Talisha O’Brien and Levi Rae are two of those children.
Variety will host the inaugural Variety Friday today; it is a full-day appeal that will help raise funds for special needs children.
Levi Rae, 4, has cerebral palsy and has slowly started to grow out of his car seat.
His mum, Meg Saggers, and dad, Paul Rae, wanted a new car seat to ensure his safety when they travelled.
“He is unable to sit unattended and he needed a special needs car seat that grows with him,” Ms Saggers said.
Thanks to Variety, Levi will now have a brand new specialised car seat, valued at more than $7500.
The family got the phone call yesterday morning letting them know they could have the car seat.
“It is just a lot less to worry about.”
The family was having to stop driving and place Levi back into a safe position, even when using his older car seats, as he was unable to maintain an upright position – but when the new one arrives it should ensure that Levi will be able to travel in safety and comfort from now on.
“It just does so much for his safety,” Ms Saggers said.
Talisha O’Brien, 16, has cystic fibrosis and has always prided herself on keeping active and not letting the illness take over her life.
It was her wish that she could have a portable nebuliser so that she could attend school camps and sleepovers.
Variety was able to supply the funding, ensuring Talisha will be able to travel and enjoy herself without worrying.
Celebrities including Barry Crocker, Layne Beachley, James Blundell and Leo Sayer have joined the call to donate to this special cause today.
“I have seen the great work of Variety and you cannot imagine what an impact your gift will make for these special children in need, whatever the size – it all adds up,” Mr Crocker said.
To donate call 1300 4827 4383 or donate online at www.varietyqld.org.au.
‘It just does so much for his safety’