See how our generous donors have made a difference in the lives of people with disability
We’re always in awe of how charitable our community can be. Thanks to our generous donors, we have continued our promise to provide opportunities to people with disability and support them to kick goals and live out their dreams. We’re only halfway through 2021, and we’ve already seen some incredible action, thanks to fundraising efforts.
More accessibility means more adventures
Our Caringbah Short Term Accommodation was able to purchase a Hippocampe all-terrain chair thanks to donations from The Honda Foundation. This specialised wheelchair can go on sand and off-road, allowing clients to access activities and plan adventures they couldn’t previously, creating priceless memories.
Making learning fun
Thanks to Stephen Bali MP and his 2020 Community Building Partnerships grant as well as a donation from Publinc Communities, our Blacktown and Guildford Community Services Hubs purchased and installed a Tovertafel. The interactive technology connects and challenges people with disability to develop and maintain their skills in a fun and playful way. The Tovertafel has been an excellent addition to Blacktown and Guildford’s sensory room, bringing clients together through purposeful play and lighting their faces up with smiles.
Meet our new pop stars
Manly Leagues made a 10-week songwriting workshop possible at our Allambie Heights Community Services Hub with Affinity Music. Music is a fantastic way to stimulate learning and memory. This workshop was led by the clients, deciding on the subject and style of music. Together they wrote an original song, ‘Dancing at the Hub’, and then created a music video with clients singing, dancing and playing the percussion. The dance room featured in the video clip also recently had a makeover thanks to Dee Why RSL, with a kick-ass graffiti wall and mirrors installed, creating a funky space for clients to boogie in.
Mobility is key
We purchased a brand new wheelchair-modified van for our children’s Short Term Accommodation service in Caringbah thanks to Clayton Utz Foundation, ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation, and individual donors. The service uses the van to pick up and drop off clients from school, home, or our services, and the many social activities in their weekly programs, including going to the beach, picnics and walks, movies, indoor play centre and more.
Enhancing learning through technology
A grant from Glencore mining company enabled the purchase of three iPads for our Singleton Community Services Hub. The iPads are being used as part of our Skills for Life program, supporting people with disability to build their skills in budgeting, cooking and road safety. Singleton client, Taylor, says he “loves learning new skills on the iPad.”
“Thank you to every single donor who has supported Sunnyfield, making a tangible impact and incredible difference in the everyday lives of the people we support. We can’t thank you enough!” Donna Taanman – Fundraising Manager.