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The generous $2,610 contribution from Variety, the Children’s Charity towards a walker has given four-year-old Harry Davenport the priceless gift of hope.

Harry in his walking frame

Harry has the developmental age of a six-month old, cannot walk or speak, is severely vision impaired and needs help for all of his self-care requirements. He attends The Infants’ Home school at Ashfield five days a week, where he regularly accesses specialised teaching from occupational and play therapists, and a speech therapist is slowly showing him some sign language to enable him to communicate with others.

Harry’s walker has made an unbelievable difference to his quality of life. His mother Emma explains, “During the week the walker stays at school, and Harry spends most of his time in it. He adores being around his school friends, loving nothing more than being immersed in all of the noise and activities, such as music and painting. He’s a very popular boy, and in his walker he is at eye level with his peers, which is vital for meaningful interaction with them, and he, most amazingly, he can now even propel himself for short distances, giving Harry his first taste of independence.
“The walker is extraordinary. It’s sturdy and large, and encourages him to stand and move. It has a dynamic movement on a suspension system, to mimic a walking movement, and he sits in a little saddle. The walker enables him to put weight on his legs, which will make them stronger, and there is now a good chance that in the future he may be able to actually stand, unaided, and there is a possibility that he could eventually be able to walk.”

Harry and family

As Harry’s only options for communicating are crying, laughing and yelling, he can have quite challenging behaviour issues, but is slowly and surely achieving new milestones. He can now feed himself, and while he’s been assessed as being legally blind, his vision does seem to be improving, in fact this year, for the first time, he made and held direct eye contact with his Mum.

Emma says, “We wish to express our gratitude to Variety for the enormously positive impact the walker has made to our family’s life. You’ve made such a difference to a little boy’s life. Everything we invest in now is to help make Harry’s future the best it can be. Even though Andy and I both work full-time, the money we earn is not enough to buy all of the special equipment, therapy and schooling that Harry requires, and we’re so thankful to Variety for helping us to help Harry.

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Wonderful Woollies

July 29, 2014

During 2013 and again in 2014 Woolworths has nominated Variety as their charity of choice. Many Fresh Food Days have been held and Little Pigs have been lucky to go to three Woolworths and help raise over $2,500 for our special needs kids. Thanks to Marsfield, Mt Annan and Brookvale.

Marsfield Woolworths Dec 6, 2013 Marsfield Woolworths Dec 6, 2013 Ably assisted by Frogette Alexis Ably assisted by Frogette Alexis Manager Nick Caboche and wonderful staff at Marsfield. Manager Nick Caboche and wonderful staff at Marsfield. Gail and Sallymae Mt Annan March 1, 2014 Gail and Sallymae Mt Annan March 1, 2014 Generous, happy shoppers at Mt Annan Generous, happy shoppers at Mt Annan Pig in Training - Hayley Pig in Training – Hayley Brookvale Woolworths  July 25, 2014 Brookvale Woolworths July 25, 2014 Our first BBQ customer Kate - Graeme Wong gave her a Variety heart as well! Our first BBQ customer Kate – Graeme Wong gave her a Variety heart as well!

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2013 Bash Report

July 1, 2014

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On the road again…

February 10, 2013

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Sarah’s Life Changed with a Wig!

August 3, 2012

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Scrutineering – Chequepoint Day – July 29

August 3, 2012

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Bucketty and Beyond – July 21 Pre Bash Run

August 3, 2012

Saturday July 21 was the day for the ‘virgins’ and other Bash cars to get out on some dirt and test out those brakes, radios, horns and crew skills. Littles Pigs had two test ‘virgin’s pigs along for the day friends of Tracy’s – Alana and Charlie. Charlie is from the fair USA so enjoyed […]

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Pigs Like to Party – Pink Party July 6

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Ladies Lingerie Party Success – June 30

July 9, 2012

June 30 we ran our first Intimo Lingerie Party at Tracy’s place in Stanmore. Over 25 attended and there was lots of champagne, laughs and lovely food. Dana, Helen and Amanda our fabulous consultant’s provided expert fitttings. Shirley from Car 11 bought along a wonderful range of bags, jewellry and scarves! We all went away […]

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Bucketty and Beyond July 21 – test run completed

June 23, 2012

Last weekend Car 333 trusty Hamlet with Sallymae and Angel Pig Andrea Benton, accompanied by Garry and Joanne Williams in their faithful ’64′ 4WD completed the July 21 route for the pre bash Bucketty and Beyond day. It is going to be fabulous – plenty of challenges for all the cars wanting to test out […]

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