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Maddies Mates

Fundraiser: Maddies Mates
Event Date: 20/07/2015 9:00:00 AM - 30/06/2016 5:00:00 PM
Donation Target: $52,500.00 (AUD)
Current Total Raised: $6265.60 (AUD)
Maddies Mates

My Name is Madison and I'm a teenager living with Cerebral Palsy.

As I can't stand or walk independently I spend a lot of time sitting in my wheelchair which isn't good for my health. I really need a new Sit to Stand wheelchair so that I can get up on my feet whenever I need and to help with my circulation and bone density. I also expect to be finishing year 12 next year and want to get a job so being able to stand up to talk to people and reach things will help me be more independent.

These chairs are really expensive and government funding only covers about $5,000 which is 10% of the cost. You can help me by making a donation or even coming along to a fund raising event as we have a big gap to close quickly. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.
You can also follow me on Facebook here

My Story

From the age of one I've been doing all sorts of therapy - physio, speech, occupational. I've done all this therapy so that one day I will be able to do everyday things and get the most out of life. The most important of all is to be able to get out of my chair and have some mobility which will allow me to have more independence.

I have had quite a few health issues in the last year, one of them being severe Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) which is impacting my lungs.  In order to delay having spinal surgery in the next few years the doctors advised that I would need to get out of my wheelchair more. However if the surgery is necessary my bones need to be strong enough which means I have to be on my feet more and exercising to build up the density.  I have already increased my therapy to include hydrotherapy twice a week, gym once a week and see the physio as well. I've also been wearing a Second Skin suit that helps straighten my back but I've now grown out of this so am about to get a new one. I am hoping this will delay the surgery and at the same time improve my general health and decrease my back pain.

My journey over the past couple of years has been a tough one.  In October 2011, I had some major surgery on my legs and hips to make them straight and prevent my hips from dislocating (bilateral osteotomy). I also had some of the muscles in my legs and hips lengthened so I could stand up straight meaning I had a term off school to recover. Knowing it was going to take at least a year or so of hard work I've been doing lots of physio and exercises to get back to where I was before the surgery and learn to use my straightened legs. Through the money raised a few years ago from Riverwalk, I have a walking frame that I use to aid in the strengthening of my legs. I now also use my walker to practise my walking and try to improve my balance.  I also wear special orthotic boots (which I'm not too fond of) but they're important to get my feet growing correctly and they help me to stand without hurting myself, meaning as my feet grow they cost more and more.

I love doing all the things most kids my age enjoy such as going camping with my family and I was lucky enough to go to school camps and with the Girl Guides and Scouts. It was at these camps that I got to do activities such as abseiling, canoeing and going on a flying fox. I also like doing things on my iPad, watching the tennis, the Brisbane Broncos and the Brisbane Lions football teams. I enjoy swimming and  riding my specially made bike. I have my own website now ( where you can see some videos and pictures of what I've been doing. I also have a Facebook page (Maddies Mates) and some short videos of my riding on YouTube.
There have been a lot of really special people that have helped me get to where I am today but I have so many dreams I want to achieve. I really want to be able to do as much as I can for myself, I want to get a job, travel, and just do the things everyone else can do but I need some help to make that happen.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, I've already come so far but I still have a long way to go.

How you can help

Sponsor our team for the annual Riverwalk Event by pressing the "donate now" button on my webpage and receive an automatic tax deductible receipt. You can read about the event and register at

  • Help us raise sponsorship for our team through participation at the Annual Riverwalk event by collecting donations on our behalf using pre-printed receipts supplied by The Developing Foundation Inc.

  • Send this page to your family, friends, colleagues and anyone else you can think of and invite them to donate.

Helping our team with practical things and support.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. The Developing Foundation commits the proceeds of the funds raised to these unmet needs.
If you have a question for our team please call or email, contact details below.
Thank you for your support.
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Funds Raised


Fundraiser Supporters:

Natasha and Peter McFarlane 21 August 2016 $50
Melinda Ollerenshaw 7 August 2016 $100
Sorry I can't join you on the day Maddie. I hope you have a great day and you are able to get your chair real soom. ❤
Grant Deane 4 January 2016 $1,000
Quan Dang 24 December 2015 $200
Darling we hope you reach your target. Love from Miranda, Quan, Alexander and Christian.
Offline 23 November 2015 $100
Offline 6 October 2015 $100
Offline 29 September 2015 $1,911
Mark Roebuck 14 September 2015 $30
Paul Apolloni 8 September 2015 $100
Anonymous 3 September 2015 $500
Anonymous 27 August 2015 $25
Cheryl 26 August 2015 $250
The walk looked like a lot of fun and it seems Maddie, you did really well! Keep up the great work Maddie! Love to you all, Cheryl & Terry
Anonymous 25 August 2015 $200
Hi Maddie, all the best xx
Jenny Cullen 23 August 2015 $100
So proud of you Maddie
Brad Sucur 23 August 2015 $50
All the best sweetie! From Mick & Sue
Brad Sucur 23 August 2015 $200
Gold luck Rosie! We hope you are feeling better and enjoy the day out at the Riverwalk. Keep smiling, you are an inspiration to us all. Xxxx
Nigel Hughes 21 August 2015 $200
Best of luck beautiful girl! Love the Hughes family xo
Michelle Houston 21 August 2015 $200
Best of luck with the Riverwalk Maddie
Paul Bottele 21 August 2015 $50
Louise Kibble 21 August 2015 $100
The Partners 21 August 2015 $200
Glenn & Teresa Henderson 19 August 2015 $100
Hi Maddie You are an inspiration. Hope you enjoy the day
Coe Family 29 July 2015 $100
Good luck with the fundraising. You are truly an amazing young lady Maddie, your mates are ok too
Stephanie Jarrett 26 July 2015 $100
Maddie, you are a beautiful and strong young lady and you can do anything you set your mind on :) keep up the fantastic work ♡
Cara black 25 July 2015 $50
hope it helps
Andrew Wilcher 25 July 2015 $200
Can't wait to see you up and on your feet Maddie!
Cinta Graves 25 July 2015 $50
Love your perseverance Maddie. Can't wait to see what you'll do next! xxx
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