Kids Matter – Here are our top 10 highlights from 2013.
Ethan Jensen’s Dedication was filled with raw emotion. Gratefulness and awe were feelings for this little boy who had fought to live from day 1. Ethan will turn 2 in March. He was born at 28 weeks weighing 617g. He was in hospital for close to 4 months and was re- admitted countless times after that. It’s been a tough journey but we love him and he is a miracle baby. He’s a real cuddler, loves to be close to his mum and dad and his brothers. He gets into everything! He’s a climber! He knows no fear. He loves helping daddy with tools in the shed. He’s talking, walking, breathing on his own, he’s a miracle. God heard his families cries!
350 little girls aged between 5 and 12 rocked up for an amazing night of princess delight. Ice cream and lolly cups; hair stylists, make up artists, nail technicians, a cat walk with some amazing good looking boys, dancing, stories, gifts and supper. A fairytale evening for the princesses of Launceston. Love watching their delight. Kids Matter.
We have loved doing monthly date nights. Seeing parents have time out with each other whilst we look after kids has been such a treat. We have averaged between 50 – 80 children on each date night. Even though some of the children are getting tired towards the end of the evening they still bring their flurry of delight and excitement.
School Holiday Programme
This year we introduced a school holiday programme. We did it to help parents throughout the holiday period. Holidays can be a huge pressure cooker for parents. Family matters to us and we love to help with those pressure points that can create stress. The children have a wonderful time. This year’s school holiday programme is about to begin. Check out our Events page for more detail.
Bubbles is our children’s programme to Mums Paradise. Mums Paradise is a group for mums with young
children. It’s a space for mums to have some time out. We have a team of volunteers who come in to simply love on the children in Kids Paradise. To see and hear more of this watch our short film.
Kids Chef Classes
We love to teach children how to cook healthy, tasty, economical meals. With our Award winning Chef’s Phil Piper and Will Wilson and finalist in the Junior MasterChef Class Grace Niewoff we have a great line up of teachers ready, willing and able.
Tailrace Kids is our children’s programmes run on Sundays and after school on Thursdays. We love being able to spend time with children with a wide range of needs. We love watching the children arrive with anticipation and glee.
Our partnership with Bravehearts continued in 2013. We loved seeing 7000 children being educated against child sexual assault. We share the Braveheart dream of seeing Australia as the safest place in the world to raise a child.
We have loved raising money for Empart. Being able to tangibly support Children’s homes, literacy centres and Sew n Sew projects that empower women to start their own business and to bring education to children has been a wonderful experience in 2013. Kids Matter and with 26 million children in India unwanted and calling the streets home it is a great thing when sufficient income is raised to give a child a home.