On Sunday September 16 we celebrated 80 years of providing free healthcare to disadvantaged kids across Central Queensland with an event at Emu Park’s historic QCWA Hall, marking the anniversary of the opening of the Emu Park children’s home in 1938, and our return to the area with the provision of NDIS early childhood ECEI services.
BUSHkids were overwhelmed by the community’s response to the celebration with a fantastic turnout of one-time bush children, staff who worked at the Emu Park Home, and community leaders who supported the organisation’s operations in Central Queensland.
Most touching were the stories told by the people who attended, with one ex-bush kid describing her stay at the Emu Park home as the best experience of her life!
Our thanks go to the QCWA, who were invaluable supporters of the Bush Children’s Health Scheme then, as they are now of BUSHkids. Thanks also to Kay and Charlie Wilson for organising the event and to State MP for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, who spoke of the importance of our services and welcomed BUSHkids back to her community with the NDIS.
Here is a gallery from the day – you can click on the images below to view full photos.
Earlier this week BUSHkids was featured in the Capricorn Coast Mirror’s printed news.
You can read the full news article now by clicking here: BUSHkids celebrate 80 years
SANDRA Northfield has watched her autistic son reach developmental milestones since he joined BUSHKids in March.
When her son Cooper, now five years old, was a toddler, the Rockhampton woman discovered he had developmental delays.
They included not being able to talk or make eye contact.
“Cooper was very late to start talking so there were a few milestones he hadn’t quite met,” Mrs Northfield said.
“He was very hard to settle.
“We sought some advice and we ended up getting an autism diagnosis for him.”
Before his diagnosis, Cooper had been given early intervention from the age of 18 months.
Mrs Northfield signed her son up to BUSHKids in Rockhampton in March when they arranged an NDIS plan for him.
It was a decision that dramatically improved Cooper’s well-being…
Read the full article written by Sean Fox on The Morning Bulletin’s website here: https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/cq-youngster-goes-from-strength-to-strength/3492704/
Please also find the article available for download in PDF (4MB) here: Coopers_step_forward_by_Sean_Fox