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You know how I often get my stomp on about disability services and how poorly they are funded while we spend gagillions on helping a handful of people run faster and jump higher and pedal quicker for a medallion they get to keep along with the bagillion they’ll make in product endorsements? Yeah that.
Well this is different! Today we’re shining a light on one of the big end of town players that is doing something to benefit many! Yay! Jog it in guys, jog it in.
You see, Westfield (you can find your nearest one here) are holding a major national fundraising event across ALL of its shopping centres in Australia. ALL of them.
GiveAbility Day will be held on Saturday, 21 May and 100% (ONE HUNDRED PER CENT DUDES) of all donations will provide much needed funds for local children’s disability service providers in the community.
You know this is ticking all the boxes for me don’t you – local community supporting those services working in the local community.
Despite feeling intense isolation and difference when you have a child with special needs, 1 in 14 children are diagnosed as living with a disability. For the last four years the Westfield Community Program has supported children with disabilities and their families and with Give Ability Day it’s taking it one step further.
You see, most of us have ‘give ability’ – the ability to donate what we can to help give:
- the ability for kids to take part in fun activities,
- respite care so parents and carers can take a break too
- new programs and facilities to be set up.
So wherever you live, on Saturday 21 May head to your local Westfield and use your give ability, however big or small that may be. There will be volunteers on hand to collect donations as well as raffles and other special events to mark the day.
The boys and I will be descending on Westfield Hornsby to lend our support, which is code for ‘Food Court: assume the crash position’. If you are there and see a maelstrom then please, come and say hi. But wherever you are, get thee along to support your local community and your local Westfield.