Each year we use our Open Day to raise money for a local cause and this year we are so excited to be supporting a small local business, Dream Up.
Our main fundraising event is the annual Open Day Trivia (28 October) so make sure to book your table at reception!
Dream Up is run by a member of our club, Rachel who explains below what her project is all about.
“Over the past 2 1/2 years, I have been deeply involved in providing vital support to children in our community who are living with disabilities. Through my service of community engagement, I have had the privilege of accompanying these remarkable children to various enriching experiences such as theatre performances, visits to Lone Pine Sanctuary, participation in festivals, city cat rides, engaging workshops, museum tours, science center explorations, beach outings, invigorating bushwalks, thrilling crab hunting expeditions, and invigorating stand-up paddle boarding sessions. The list of activities goes on and on, all designed to enhance their overall well-being.
In addition to these outings, I have also taken it upon myself to teach these children essential skills related to hygiene practices, including toileting and showering. I am proud to share that my efforts in this area have yielded significant success. Furthermore, I have incorporated cooking sessions into our routine, where I guide these children in preparing meals. I take them on valuable shopping experiences, educating them on the effective use of cards and cash. I actively participate in therapy sessions with some of these children, working collaboratively towards achieving their individual goals. By offering my unwavering support, I provide much-needed respite for families.
I am thrilled to announce that I have recently entered into a contract with a local church, securing the hire of their hall and kitchen facilities. This agreement enables me to organize and conduct after-school workshops, focusing on crucial life skills such as cooking, hygiene practices, including toothbrushing and dressing, social interaction with peers, and engaging sensory play. This development fills me with great excitement, not only for myself but also for the local children within our community. My ultimate vision is to establish a space where these children can find solace, safety, and valuable social interactions—an environment that profoundly contributes to their mental well-being. As we are all aware, the importance of addressing mental health concerns cannot be overstated, particularly given the upward trend in its prevalence.
If I can bring a touch of magic and happiness into the lives of these extraordinary children through my role as their support worker, I consider it a truly fulfilling vocation. Witnessing their joy and growth is a constant reminder of the significance of my work.”