On Sunday 18th March over 200+ Brainwave children, parents, carers and volunteers braved the wild weather and joined Brainwave for their annual Family Day at The Big Goose in Moorooduc.
Gale force winds and horizontal rain did not stop families from enjoying the wildly exciting day. Tractor rides, a sheep dog show, adventure walk through the canna maze and kangaroo yard, a petting farm where children held baby farm animals and reptiles including a slithery large python kept our families amused.
A delicious BBQ lunch was enjoyed whilst families were entertained by the Bush Wahzee band. It was heart-warming to see new friendships formed amongst the hay bales and barns. Our roving entertainers delighted the children with their funny antics and dialogue and smiles and laughter prevailed.
One of the families who attended was the Egry family, whose 11-year-old daughter Eva has severe cerebral palsy, a language disorder and anxiety.
Eva has been a registered child with Brainwave Australia since 2016 and has enjoyed many of the social programs that Brainwave offers families including camps, family days, school holiday programs and Christmas parties. “Brainwave family fun days provides all of us with an opportunity to enjoy a much-needed day out in an environment where we feel supported, special and embraced for who we are.” Geraldine, Eva’s mother.
Brainwave Australia, a not-for-profit organisation has been providing support for more than 20 years to children with neurological conditions, as well as their families and carers. Laurence Hennessy, Program Manager, said: “Today’s family day demonstrates the qualities our families possess; resilience, a shared love of community and a festive spirit in the face of adversity – braving horizontal rain and gale force winds in the pursuit of something far more special are qualities to be admired”.
The day could not have been made possible without the generous support of the Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation and the committed ground support of Brainwave’s corporate volunteers; Mercedes-Benz and QBE and our community volunteers and staff.
With a small part-time staff of seven; Brainwave Australia is proud to be considered as a small charity that delivers big for children with neurological conditions and their families. Being committed to a cause that can bring smiles and happiness to children living with a neurological condition and their families is worth every effort.