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Seeking answers and solutions for developmental disability through early intervention practice and research. 

Boost For Benny_2013

Fundraiser: Boost For Benny_2013
Event Date: 10/04/2014 9:00:00 AM - 30/06/2015 9:00:00 AM
Donation Target: $20,000.00 (AUD)
Current Total Raised: $37286.45 (AUD)
Boost For Benny_2013

We are Jarrod and Fiona Lloyd, and this is what we believe our beautiful son, Benny would say if he could...
Hi, my name is Benny and I am 4 years old.  I live with my parents, Jarrod and Fiona, and my older brother, Jimmy.  My nickname has always been Benny Booster and so Mum is naming my charity ‘Boost for Benny’ to help achieve the developmental boost that I need.

I was born with hydrocephalus and a cyst on my brain - I also have cerebral palsy and show signs of autism.  I have had far too many surgeries in my life and don’t particularly like hospital, although it’s ok when Mum is there.  Mum is my champion and she feeds me every night through a tube in my stomach.  I think she and my doctors would like me to gain more weight and eat more during the day.  I also think she would like me to talk to people, and sleep more and says I’m a ‘challenge’ to get to sleep!  She thinks these things will help my development.

I love going to Day Care and I especially love my Carer - I can tell my classmates care for me as they look out for me during the day.  I also go to Geebung Special School one day a week for kindy, I have fun and everyone there is so good to me.  I know my way around the place now.  Mum and Dad believe in me and can see my potential. One day I would love to be able to go to school with Jimmy and his friends.
 
Of all the things in the world, after Mum, Dad and Jimmy, I love animals the best.  I really love puzzles with animals in it.  Mum says I even sing Old MacDonald in my sleep!   Maybe one day I can work with animals?

Each week Mum takes me to therapists to work on my skills.  Apparently I need more help with my motor, speech, feeding, cognitive and behavioral skills.  I don’t say much and when I want something, I drag people by the hand and point.  I’m getting to know some words.  I love using the iPad too - Mum has been looking at new software for me.
 
Mum and Dad have also been looking at the AEIOU School and I am on a waiting list.  It is the only school of its kind in Brisbane and Mum says there are childhood educators and therapists there, specialising in autism.  She thinks it will help me.

I think this all costs her and Dad a lot.

Our gorgeous son is such a pleasure to be with and he brings out the best in everyone he meets.  We would love for him to reach his full potential, but we need financial help - there are a number of ways to achieve this, including:

  • Taking part in The Developing Foundation’s Annual Riverwalk.  Held on Sunday, 14th September 2014 at Orleigh Park, Hill End Terrace, West End.  You can register to walk alongside our family, join us in collecting donations for this event or by promoting it amongst friends, family and work colleagues. www.riverwalk.org.au
  • You can make a donation on our webpage to help us reach our fundraising target. http://www.developingfoundation.org.au/family/boostforbenny Look for the Donate now button on this page. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. You can also share this site with friends and family.
  • Please visit our Facebook page https://facebook.com/boostforbenny and press LIKE.
  • We will have other fundraising events from time to time which will be listed on this website. http://www.developingfoundation.org.au/help-give-raise-funds/personal-appeals.
  • You can even create your own personal appeal for our Ben.  See the left column of this page or click this link http://www.developingfoundation.org.au/help-give-raise-funds.

If you have questions or ideas for fundraising please feel free to contact Jarrod or myself on our email www.boostforbenny@yahoo.com or on 0405 045 605.

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Funds Raised

$37286.45

Fundraiser Supporters:

Ben Baker 13 April 2015 $265
Carys Martin 18 September 2014 $263
Ben Baker 4 September 2014 $150
Sending love and support from the sunny coast, Ben and Tricia Baker x
Kelly Poole 17 July 2014 $35
McGrath Family 16 July 2014 $50
Scorch 15 July 2014 $10
Trying out the donate page
The Adamsons 15 July 2014 $50
Good luck boys... Hope you catch those chooks xo
Jodie Choma 15 July 2014 $40
Good one guys. Best of luck. Xo
Anonymous 29 June 2014 $1,500
Melissa 23 June 2014 $20
Loving the updates on your progress, Benny. You have come so far!
Donna Storey 23 June 2014 $100
Happy to help out such a beautiful and deserving boy x
Bobi Thurlow 23 June 2014 $50
From Baxter and Xanthe :)
Adam Cocks 23 June 2014 $100
anthony &hana 14 June 2014 $200
23 May 2014 $360
MacKay Family 22 April 2014 $350
This small donation comes with love and support from Ben's Canadian family - Laurie, Jim, Ruth, Elspeth, Matthew, Helen, Liam, Fiona, and Ian.
Anonymous 13 April 2014 $33,743
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