KidzWish child ambassadors Kiara Risku, event founder Michael Hamilton and event sponsors gathered at Sea Cliff Bridge to call on the Illawarra community to support its annual charity walk – Bridge2Bridge.
Proceeds will contribute to a therapy room at the new KidzWish Place in Flinders, enabling the organisation to double the number of children it supports in the Illawarra and South Coast region. The plans include 6 therapy rooms, 1 music & dance studio, 1 multipurpose sports hall, office administration rooms, covered play area and even a magic cupboard full of toys.
KidzWish community evens manager Beau Thatcher is encouraging everyone to take part. “We don't mind where you kick start your walk,” said Mr Thatcher.
Participants can chose to walk from Sea Cliff Bridge to Windang Bridge or part of the course, with 7 different sections to cater for people of all abilities. Cost includes a Bridge2Bridge shirt and a donation to KidzWish. The walk will happen on Sunday 18 February.
Vanessa Risku, mother of Kiara, said that KidzWish was a major part of Kiara’s life. “She is a long time child ambassador. KidzWish helped her get through some of the toughest times of her life. We want other people to join us as we walk Bridge2Bridge to raise much needed funds and awareness of this wonderful charity who help kids like Kiara and many other local children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability,” said Mrs Risku.
After seeing the struggles that families with special needs children go through, Michael Hamilton founded Bridge2Bridge in 2013 to do his bit to help. The sponsors behind the walk include the Scarborough Hotel, Smith & Sons Illawarra, Austbrokers City State, Aceit, Mass Nutrition, Club Windang, Villa D’oro Functions Centre, PRS Partners and Dignam Real Estate.
Dignam director Matt Dignam said his business was happy and proud to support the walk. “We love giving back to the local community especially to those in need of more support. My family has known Ashton since birth and have seen his amazing and wonderful development over the years with the great support of friends and his amazing family Renee Greg and Hayden. Ashton is an inspiration to all around him as he bravely battles his challenges and keeps happy and excited every time I see him. We applaud fundraising efforts like these and like to show our support,” said Mr Dignam.
KidzWish helps Illawarra & South Coast children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability providing them with Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Music/Dance/Sports/Experience Programs and the KidzWish Children’s Christmas Party. KidzWish is now a registered NDIS service provider in the Illawarra & South Coast.
- Leg 1: Sea Cliff Bridge to Austinmer Beach (7.4km) - depart 6:00am
- Leg 2: Austinmer Beach to Bulli Beach (5km) - depart 7:30am
- Leg 3: Bulli Beach to Towradgi Beach (6.3km) - depart 8:30am
- Leg 4: Towradgi Beach to WIN Stadium (6.2km) - depart 10:00am
- Leg 5: WIN Stadium to BHP Centenary Park (6.4km) - depart 11:30am
- Leg 6: BHP Centenary Park to Harvey Norman Warrawong (4.8km) - depart 1:00pm
- Leg 7: Harvey Norman Warrawong to Windang Bridge (5.1km) - depart 2:00pm
*Walkers have the option to walk specific legs. A KidzWish representative will be stationed at each checkpoint so you can sign in upon arrival.