The Developing Foundation was established in 1978 by families seeking appropriate treatment for a loved one with brain injury or developmental disability.

See Banjo Run

Fundraiser: See Banjo Run
Event Date: 21/08/2016 9:00:00 AM - 30/09/2017 9:00:00 AM
Donation Target: $20,000.00 (AUD)
Current Total Raised: $3230.00 (AUD)
See Banjo Run

Help by Supporting Banjo with a Wheel Chair Accessible Vehicle

Banjo trialling a wheelchair vehicle

Banjo trialling a wheelchair accessible vehicle

Our vision is to help Banjo achieve all that he can and continue to amaze us everyday.

Hello my name is Banjo and I am 5 years old. I was born 16 week premature at 24 weeks gestation and spent 140 days in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I had lots of ups and downs during this time and due to my extreme premature birth I now have dystonic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. I can not sit, crawl, walk or use my hands so I need full assistance with all daily tasks. I am very clever and can understand everything you say to me and love it when you understand what I have to say. I have done lots of hours of therapy and made some wonderful gains with my head control, feeding and speech thanks to all my supporters cheering me on over the years. Its been such a busy 5 years but I keep smiling through it all.

Last year I received stem cell therapy which we saw some amazing gains, especially in my speech and core control and allowed me to finally communicate my wants and needs to my family without getting so frustrated. I have now learnt to say many words quite clearly and I love telling people what I want to eat now and make choices for myself. My favourite food is cake.

This year we are getting ready for my first year of school in January 2017 and I am very excited. I love to be around other children and interacting with them. I absolutely love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and my favourite character is Michelangelo the orange turtle which is why I now have an orange manual wheel chair.

I am also hoping to get an electric wheel chair next year that I can drive using a head switch around the play ground at school. I can't wait until I am able to chase the kids in my chair and feel more involved with my peers. My orange wheel chair and electric chair are both far too heavy to lift in and out of our car and I have outgrown my old chair so we are now fundraising for a Wheel Chair Modified Vehicle which are very expensive. This will allow me to access the community and feel more involved with my peers at school. We hope to have a wheel chair modified vehicle by the end of the year so on my first day of school I can arrive in my orange wheel chair all ready for my first day of school.

How can you help

  • Sponsor See Banjo Run by simply pressing the 'donate now' button and receive a tax deductible receipt for donations over $2

  • Email this link to you friends, family & colleagues and ask them to donate.

  • All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. The Developing Foundation commits 90% of funds raised by or donated to our team, to these unmet needs. The remaining 10% is used by the charity to cover credit card charges, administration and support.

If you have any questions please feel free to call or email Diana 0438 420 728

Email: or follow our progress on Facebook http;//

Thank you for your support, we really appreciate it.

Diana, Brad, Banjo and Nellie


Funds Raised


Fundraiser Supporters:

Julie Colthup 18 June 2019 $100
You have one of the best smiles Banjo! keep on smiling little man!
Anonymous 25 February 2018 $50
Best wishes Banjo, hope school has started well - from a friend of a friend
Sandra Sdraulig 21 January 2018 $100
Anonymous 17 January 2018 $50
Kathy Andison 17 January 2018 $50
Steve 16 January 2018 $100
Go Banjo
Anonymous 16 January 2018 $50
Jenny & Les Brennan 26 January 2017 $100
Have fun at school Banjo
Paul Messell 15 January 2017 $50
Have fun at school banjo
Chester Baker 13 January 2017 $350
Anonymous 18 December 2016 $10
Go Banjo.
Wayne Shaw 18 December 2016 $20
With a 5 yr old boy of our own I can only imagine what the family must be going through. Good luck
Helen & Cam 11 December 2016 $50
Have fun at school Banjo! You will love it. We hope it is not too long before you have your new chair friendly car.
John Barlow 11 December 2016 $20
Julies Hair Studio 11 December 2016 $20
Go get 'em tiger!!! #goodluckwithwheels
Bodhi Gray 11 December 2016 $50
Good luck Banjo! Hope you get your new wheels soon.
Cathie 10 December 2016 $500
Good luck Banjo
Casey 9 December 2016 $230
Best wishes Banjo, from the OMDB team
Greg Harper 13 November 2016 $30
Way to go Banjo
Tania Corrigan 10 November 2016 $100
Enjoy school Banjo!
Nat, Tony, Charmaine & Jayden Soulsby 28 October 2016 $50
Anonymous 28 October 2016 $100
Best wishes little man x
Anonymous 28 October 2016 $5
Hi Banjo, I'm sorry my donation is only of a small amount, i wish I could contribute more to help you. All the best at school! I hope it's everything you've dreamed of and more. Big love to you and your family.
Slab 28 October 2016 $50
Lexy Preston 28 October 2016 $50
Anonymous 28 October 2016 $50
Matt Manniix 28 October 2016 $20
linda redjepovski 28 October 2016 $20
connie 28 October 2016 $30
Enjoy school Banjo! You are gorgeous.
Anonymous 28 October 2016 $10
Simone Bloomfield 28 October 2016 $20
Go Banjo xx
Max Pontisso and Tracey Harriss 27 October 2016 $100
We hope this helps that amazing little boy of yours get his wheelchair. Banjo is lucky to have you as his parents. You're doing a wonderful job.
Cherie Holmes 27 October 2016 $30
Go Banjo!!!
Breona morris 27 October 2016 $100
Lyndsey Canavan 25 October 2016 $100
Wishing you all the best with your fundraising for Banjos wheelchair car. We have been in the same situation and know how costly and important these cars are to a family with a child in a wheel chair.
Anna James 23 October 2016 $25
Best wishes Banjo x
Rhiannan Brennan 23 October 2016 $50
I hope you get your new wheels Banjo, and that your mummy can get you all out and about a bit more xx
Anthony Arnold 23 October 2016 $50
Linda Levkey 23 October 2016 $20
Fiona McLennan 23 October 2016 $100
Banjo you are a champ keep up the good work & enjoy school next year
Melanie Grabbe 23 October 2016 $20
Julie Colthup 22 August 2016 $200
Lets get you to school Banjo.
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