ADVERTISING FEATURE: Cutting red tape to give kids fair go

CULTURE OF CARE: Since starting 10 years ago, Fair Go for Kids has raised a total of just under a $250,000 with the support of local businesses.

CULTURE OF CARE: Since starting 10 years ago, Fair Go for Kids has raised a total of just under a $250,000 with the support of local businesses.

Local Disability Services Provider Leapfrog Ability has announced a renewed focus on supporting local children by way of their charity, “Fair Go for Kids”.

Since starting 10 years ago, Fair Go for Kids has raised a total of just under a $250,000 with the support of local businesses known as “The Hunter’s Kindest Companies”, in addition to generous donations and fundraising efforts by locals.

“The charity aims to cut through the red tape to provide fast assistance to children with immediate needs that can’t be met through other avenues”, CEO Bruce Mulligan said.

“Over the years we’ve found lots of ways to help children out.

“We’ve done things like shortening waiting times for urgent medical treatment, providing specialised equipment to help mobility and quality of life, we’ve had our Speech Therapists work with children who needed urgent assistance but weren’t yet qualified for support through the NDIS.” 

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has demanded much focus and attention of local disability service providers to re-tune their business models.

“Leapfrog Ability has been serving our local community for over 20 years now,” Bruce said. 

“We’re no stranger to understanding what our community needs in terms of supports, and we’ve refocused our business on providing that through NDIS Plan Coordination and a full range of Therapeutic Services. Even with the best care in place, there will sometimes be a gap between the timing of a child’s needs, and the timing of support available through government services.

“At such a critical stage of their development, a fairly simple diagnosis can become much more complicated if not addressed early.”.

The Fair Go for Kids charity has recently seen significant donations from local organisations including The Hunter Barbarians Rugby Club, Forsythe’s Recruitment, Safety Works, Turnbull Hill Lawyers and Pfeiffer Finance who are all members of “The Hunter’s Kindest Companies”.

To find out more about the charity or make a donation or application for support, go to leapfrog.org.au or call (02) 4979 7777.

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