A community ‘Winter Fair’ held by the Possum Place Child Care Centre in New Lambton which provides care and education for the children of health service employees in our region, recently raised money for the Steve Waugh Foundation (SWF), the foundation which funds the University’s SNUG program.
The director of Possum Place, Amanda Holt, contacted the SWFin June to advise that the staff at the Centre were going to hold a Winter Fair in July and wished to share the funds raised between the SWF and the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.
A child with Type 1 Diabetes and a child with Geleophysic Dwarfism are enrolled at the Centre. Both of these families include staff members of the Centre and the organisers wanted to honour these amazing families through a fun community fair day as well as donating to those who have given them support and hope.
At the end of August, SNUG founder Dr Peter King and Kerrell Bourne from the University’s Family Action Centre visited Possum Place to receive a cheque for $710 on behalf of the Steve Waugh Foundation.
The Steve Waugh Foundation is committed to a coordinated approach to the service, identification, treatment and research of rare diseases to improve the quality of life of children and young people (from birth to 25 years of age) who are affected by rare diseases. Founded by Steve and Lynette Waugh following Steve’s retirement from cricket, the Steve Waugh Foundation has provided over 200 families with medication, treatment, specialised equipment and financial support.
SNUG (Special Needs Unlimited Group) is an outreach program run by the Family Action Centre for families who have a child with a rare health condition. Families attend a 5 day residential retreat where they participate in a range of fun activities. This experience gives families the opportunity to enhance resilience and wellbeing, while building supportive relationships with families in similar situations.
The Steve Waugh Foundation proudly supports the work done through the SNUG program.