Brainwave hosts a range of fun filled family events throughout the year. Our Kids and Sibs day is one of our most popular and for good reason..!!
This event is unique in that it brings together families—it provides an opportunity for inclusive play between the Brainwave child and their siblings, it is an adventure filled activity program catered to all abilities at ‘Kids In Motion’ located in Port Melbourne.
This hidden gem of a venue is run by David Hannan and his team who work closely with children of all abilities to inspire, encourage and most of all bring sheer joy at this holiday program event. General Manager, Caroline Scully says, “Every day we are blown away by the resilience of our families. These children are the best example of what can be achieved with a positive attitude,” Scully says. “The highlight for us is watching the beaming smiles come across their faces as they conquer the physical challenges this program brings. It is a heart-warming and inspirational day for everyone involved”.
According to child psychologist Sandy Rea, some of our most long-lasting childhood memories are made through play and laughter. “Play can heal emotional wounds suffered by both the able child and the child with the illness,” Rae said. “It can help to heal resentments, disagreements and hurts. It relieves stress, fostering flexibility and helping children to adapt and solve problems. Allowing parents and siblings, the freedom to play together increases their understanding of each other’s emotions, thoughts, intentions and beliefs, and it is a powerful time to transform and manage any negative emotions that may have developed.”
Brainwave would like to thank the nineteen families who made the trip to Port Melbourne on a sunny winters afternoon. Once inside, the team at Kids In Motion had everyone warmed up with a host of fun activities including trampolining, rock climbing, swinging from hoops and much more. When the little one’s tired, we had a face painter on-hand to provide some much-needed quiet time.
The afternoon workshop finished with a tutti frutti mix of clowning, mime, slapstick comedy and catchy tunes from none other than Banjo and Molly from OOPS!
The unsung heroes of the day were our wonderful volunteers from Mercedes Benz, QBE and the skilled Kids In Motion team. They consistently bring passion, laughter and enormous smiles to this event along with a deep sense of care for our families. So many times we hear comments about how wonderful our volunteers are which makes us very proud of our association with our corporate partners and community volunteers.
On behalf of Brainwave, we would like to thank Guardian Medical, The William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund and Kids In Motion for generously supporting this event and for allowing Brainwave to continue to make a difference to the lives of the children and families it supports.
We look very forward to doing it again soon…