Thank you Barb this really brings tears to my eyes and I know my girls will work together in sharing this ipad. We are getting through this difficult time of life and the clouds are definately clearing. Getting them as best prepared for adult life is all I want for them, they are amazingly bright kids that just communicate differently and learn differently. This is a tool that will help them learn faster ways and there are many supportive apps that we can use.
Tracy - mum of Brianna December 20, 2016
I just want to thank you and everyone involved with IGAB for your continual support of Maddy over the past 6 years.
We don't know what we would have done without IGAB and the thousands of beautiful people who so generously donated to help our little girl.
Although we have never met personally, you are and incredibly important and special person in our lives.
We will always be grateful to you Barb, and your fantastic organisation I Give a Buck!
Kindest regards always
Traci, Adrian and Miss Maddy X
Traci ~mum of Maddy February 11, 2016
Thankyou so much Barb, we are so grateful for your help and to all of the kind donors that will have helped him reduce the seizures as well as the risks from seizures with this equipment. We are just about to enter a tricky 3 week plus period with some medication reductions after the anti epilepsy drug trialled recently has caused some severe side effects so all of these things really make an enormous difference for Lindsay and our family in being able to reduce risk.
Thankyou once again, that is amazing!
Lanai - mum of Lindsay February 10, 2016
Dear Barb and everyone involved at “I Give A Buck”
A wonderful package has arrived containing the iPad for Daniel. Our family would sincerely like to thank you for such a generous gift.
The iPad has already made many situations far less stressful (e.g., attending medical appointments) and for this we are all very thankful!
May you all have a very blessed Christmas!!!
Susan ~mum of Daniel January 5, 2016
We wanted to send you a huge thank you for the support from I Give A Buck Foundation to make Jack’s dream come true. To everyone who donated to Jack’s campaign we want to share how much we appreciate the support and give you an update on life for our family since Jack received his Smart Pup Autism Assistance ‘Wally’.
Wally and Jack are together day and night; they have a very special bond and absolutely love each other. Wally goes to school with Jack everyday on the school bus where Wally spends his day by Jack’s side. If Jack is upset, Wally gives him a loving nuzzle with his nose, or rest’s his head on Jack’s knee. Jack is instantly calm and recovers quickly from his disruptive behaviour.
When we go out in the community together, Jack is calmer and loves holding on to Wally’s coat which is wonderful as he hasn’t wondered off since having Wally. This has had a huge impact on our ability to access the community safely with Jack.
Wally then sleeps beside Jack and alerts us in the night if Jack wakes, which enable us to get up to him and make sure Jack is safe and is settled back to sleep. Before Wally, Jack would be awake for long periods of time which would impact greatly on is behaviour and energy levels during the day. We have seen enormous improvement in all aspects of Jack’s life since being blessed with Wally. This has in turn improved the quality of life of our whole family.
Please pass on our thanks to your supporters as we would love them to know how much their contribution to this dream means to Jack and our family.
Kylie ~mum of Jack December 23, 2015
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing effort you put into Chloe's fund raising appeal! Without your support this would not have been possible. You have given us an amazing gift and we are so grateful! There aren't words that can possibly express how much your help is appreciated and how much this is going to change Chloe's life!
Michelle ~mum of Chloe December 16, 2015
I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you; this means so much to our family and means the boys will now receive their beautiful therapy dog. I give so much gratitude in my heart to the amazing and generous community that helped make this happen, it is something truly wonderful when the last 8 months of our life has not been so wonderful, this amazing opportunity gives the boys another permanent therapy option to help them to heal, grow and thrive in a world they find hard to fit into, and cope with the daily challenges that arise. As a mum I can breathe a little easier knowing that this opportunity is now a reality for my boys. As a parent you only want the best for your children and you strive very hard to make miracles happen, so today for our family a miracle has happened and I give gratitude and thanks for all the amazing angels out there who helped make this happen for our family, you are truly appreciated and I feel blessed beyond words, it is simply something felt with the heart, so thank you.
Melissa ~mum of Kai & Ryan July 15, 2015
Dear Barb and Give a Buck Community
We would sincerely like to thank you each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. Right from the first point of contact with Barb we were treated with compassion, dignity and respect. It isn’t easy ever asking for help, in fact it can be quiet embarrassing and bring up a lot of mixed emotions.
We are absolutely astounded at how generous the give a buck community are, in fact just recently we noticed there was a new appeal and became very excited to be able to start giving back, I think it was only the day after that we logged on and already the appeal had finished! What an amazing community!
Brooke has had her beautiful adjustable bed delivered with lovely fresh new linen, thank you to an extra-large donation from an amazing couple Mark and Melissa who wanted to do more for Brooke. She is so in love with her bed, not only does it look wonderful for a young teenage girl and is soooo comfy, most importantly it helps keeps her safe at night. This has helped eased Brooke’s anxiety and also ours.
Early this year Brooke underwent another ballooning, meaning a stretching of her esophagus. Brooke has had approximately 5 ballooning procedures and an operation cutting her esophagus. We received a call Christmas Eve from her specialist who was heading overseas informing us that the latest test results indicated she had fluid levels sitting at the top of her aortic arch in her esophagus and reinforced she slept upright. She was beginning to show signs again of aspirating fluid into her lungs as she would wake up coughing of a nighttime.
Unfortunately this procedure has not given her relief. Another major operation is being discussed at the moment. Brooke will live with her condition permanently and there is no guarantee that another operation will give her any relief. Brooke wants another operation, to me this is an indication that it must be at the point of being really difficult for her. She has missed a bit of school this year due to feeling ill and often she will come home early and tuck herself up into her amazing new bed. I just haven’t got the words to describe how thankful we feel when we see how happy she is in her amazing bed. It’s wonderful to see her have this comfort when she is feeling so ill.
Thank you all so much xxx
Rona ~mum of Brooke April 13, 2015
I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your donations to provide a shower chair for our darling Chloe. It will be fantastic for me as Chloe’s mother to be able to give my daughter a shower for the first time ever. Your kindness will enable me to give my daughter the type of care that she so richly deserves and needs and which is difficult for me to give without this type of equipment. Thank you, Chloe and I send love and thoughts to all of you.
Ricki-Lee ~mum of Chloe November 20, 2014
Thankyou so much for the iPad for Mali. He and his family are absolutely thrilled. It will be not only a great source of fun and entertainment, but also learning and communication! Your generosity is wonderful!
Lara Fleming ~Palliative Care Service, Women's & Children's Hospital, SA February 20, 2014
IGAB has helped families on a number of occasions by providing funding for respite and equipment.
Some of these families have reported that they would not have been able to manage had it not been for this support. In a developed country like Australia, we are fortunate to have a relatively low child mortality rate but there are still over 400 families in Victoria who must face the death of their child each year. This is not something that receives a great deal of attention, perhaps because our community prefers not to think of it. The result though is that many families struggle without sufficient support.
Organisations such as I Give a Buck are working hard to make a valuable and practical difference to these families. It is a welcome initiative deserving of support.
Dr Jenny Hynson ~Medical Director, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program - Royal Children’s Hospital January 9, 2014
Just a short note to say a huge, heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to all who have made Alannah’s new Medifab ‘Safe Surround Plus’ bed possible. It is with the dedication and hard work of Barb and Liat that IGAB continues to make dreams possible for our families and these beautiful children. A huge shout out and ‘Thankyou’ to the wider IGAB community for contributing to Alannah’s appeal, sharing the appeal and making this dream possible... even quicker than we could have imagined! It has particularly helped me in the post op period of major abdominal and breast reconstructive surgery and the ongoing physical limitations I have as a result of my Breast Cancer diagnosis. Once again, I cannot express our gratitude enough.
Caroline Kiefer ~mum of Alannah January 9, 2014
Very Special Kids House was able to install 2 new wall mounted LCD televisions in two bedrooms of their hospice with the financial support of I Give a Buck. Children who are not well enough to be in the bright and sometimes busy lounge space can now watch television quietly and comfortably in their own rooms. Like all teenagers who enjoy their privacy, older children can also watch their programs and videos away from the younger ones without any disruption. Very Special Kids would like to take this opportunity to thank the I Give a Buck foundation on behalf of all the children who visit the House for this very generous donation of media equipment.
Gail Hessell ~Hospice Manager, Very Special Kids January 9, 2014
I am so pleased to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to IGAB for providing 2 iPads for use by our paediatric palliative care patients. Within 24 hours of receiving the iPads one of our patients and his mum were both using them. The patient was so engrossed that we had difficulty in getting him to look up long enough to have his photo taken! The acquisition of the iPads has made a great impact on our patients. Whilst some of the kids have used them to provide entertainment during a lengthy stay in hospital, others have used them as a distraction whilst undergoing unpleasant and sometimes painful procedures. IGAB has given our patients the opportunity to have a degree of ‘normality’ during their often painful and lengthy stay in hospital and for that we are very grateful.
Dr Sharon Ryan ~Paediatric Palliative Medicine Physician, John Hunter Children’s Hospital January 9, 2014
On behalf of Austin Health, I would like to thank you so very much for the iPad for our Paediatric Ward for the use of our young patients, particularly those confined to their beds. Some of our patients may be hospitalised for months at a time, consequently their education is also a priority during their stay. Through your generosity, our school teacher will be able to develop a comprehensive education program to patients using technology that otherwise was not available to them. Thank you again for your kind and thoughtful support.
Melissa Cramp Community Projects Officer, Austin Hospital January 9, 2014
The iPads have not just been another toy for the children to play with, but have acted as the medium for both play and music therapists to assist with communicating and working with our patients, most of whom have physical disabilities and are developmentally delayed. It is not only the patients that gain from using the iPads, their siblings do as well. Some of our patients now are able to play games with other healthy children because the iPad is so simple to use thus encouraging the development of communication, turn taking and social skills which may be a bit more difficult to do without the medium of the iPad. The iPads have provided more opportunity for smiles and laughter to the families at Bear Cottage which fits in well with our belief that life is for living.
Gwen Ho ~Child Life Therapist, Bear Cottage January 9, 2014
I just wanted to thank you for Amy's iPad. Amy is now able to engage in activities with more focus for longer periods of time and seeks out more eye contact from myself and others. She loves the cause and effect games, particularly listening to the different sounds and seeing the different colours when she touches the screen. She has just started babbling, making new sounds, and shows more signs of using sign language and her voice to get my attention rather than grizzling. I am thrilled that her speech therapist says that she is now ready to take the next step in communication strategies as she is showing more interest in her play and with people. At Amy's audiology appointment last week, Amy for the first time was able to make an association between the soft toy puppet and a sound; so we can now address her hearing abilities more accurately. I believe that it is due to the practice of cause and effect type activities on the iPad. Thank you so much for providing Amy with another opportunity to learn and grow.
Leonie Dunbar ~mum of Amy January 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your extremely generous donation of 2 iPads for our Palliative Care Service. They are being used extensively both on the wards and in the community and have brought much joy to the children – as well as being of therapeutic value. We use them to:
- bring the outdoors into the hospital through apps that make animal and outdoor noises
- make social stories for children to help prepare them for medical procedures
- provide a distraction during anxiety provoking procedures and events
- promote developmental play
- bring family members together, including siblings
So thank you once again for your kind donation.
Tracey Kenmuir ~Occupational Therapist, Sydney Children’s Hospital January 9, 2014
Thank you so much Barb. I am so excited and actually shaking. Brodie is such a beautiful kid and this will make a massive difference to our family. I was just at physio today and we were talking about the walker and we think he might just take off with the walker hopefully. This will make our lives so much easier. He is a growing boy and getting heavy - thank you very much and we will always acknowledge I Give a Buck.
Deanne Burrows ~mum of Brodie January 9, 2014
I really wanted to write and say thanks for all the support we received from you and I Give A Buck while Dylan was so sick and once he had passed away. There are not enough words to let you know just how much it meant to have Dylan's nursing needs covered so generously. To be told that he was taking too long to die and that there just wasn't any funding for overnight nursing care was beyond devastating. That I Give A Buck was able to alleviate that was, to me, nothing short of miraculous. Your generosity in contributing to the cost of Dylan's funeral was, again, just amazing. I had no idea how I was going to cover the costs involved and I will be forever grateful that Eric, Jazzy and I were able to say goodbye to our beautiful boy in the most perfect way possible. I feel so grateful and extraordinarily blessed and (trying not to sound too melodramatic) will continue give thanks to you and I Give A Buck for the rest of my life.
Jacquie Scott ~mum of Dylan January 9, 2014
In my mums words "omg there are such wonderful people out there"!
I don't know how to thank your wonderful, wonderful work at I Give a Buck!
Micky Driscoll ~mum of Felix January 9, 2014
Now that we are about to have Harry and Tanya mobile in their hot little van, I want to reinforce the thanks to you Barb and the team at I Give a Buck. The generosity of all who have given a buck or two, the compassion shown and the spirit and love has made a huge impact on our family.
Maree Hansen ~grandparent of Harry January 9, 2014
I would like to thank you for all your hard work and the sacrifice you both have made for my son Joshua. I appreciate what you have done and am very grateful. I wish there are more people in the world like you. You’re doing an AMAZING job.
Tracey Posumah ~mum of Joshua January 9, 2014
I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity in support of my son, Nate. Your personal commitment was incredibly helpful and I feel a huge burden has been lifted from me. I will no longer have to lift Nate’s 30kg wheelchair in and out of the car – the modifications to the vehicle are going to be such a blessing to Nate and me. My sincerest thanks.
Rebecca Giddens ~mum of Nate January 9, 2014
Thank you once again for the iPad for Nondas' stay in hospital. To be honest, if Nondas never had an iPad to play with, Spil and I as parents would have had that added pressure of having to entertain our 5 year old in hospital who could do very little at the time. So not only does Nondas say thank you very much, Spilios and I say thank you for saving us!
Leanne Konstantinou ~mum of Nondas January 9, 2014
Nondas loves his new walker. He particularly likes it when kinder is finished and we are walking back to the car because there is a slight decline in the pathway. My little dare devil loves to walk a little faster as he approaches the decline so he can lift his feet off the ground and just roll down that pathway! Quite often scaring me because he rolls faster than normal, but he does it with a great big smile on his face and enjoys every minute of it! I guess Nondas thinks the walker is like a version of a scooter or skateboard.... God help me if I catch him doing cool tricks on it! My husband, Nondas, and I, would like to thank you Barb and the I Give A Buck Foundation for all your help and support in raising the funds. And we are totally humbled by the generosity of strangers donating their money to our son's appeal. We couldn't have done it without both of you, thank you so much.
Leanne Konstantinou ~mum of Nondas January 9, 2014
It’s wonderful that the money has been raised for the bike and swimming lessons. Paddy is just sooooooooooo excited and Mandy has shed more than a few tears. IGAB has really blessed this family in a huge way. This would NEVER have worked out otherwise.
Jennifer Knol ~Physiotherapist January 9, 2014
THANK YOU so, so much for the wonderful work you do. This has helped us enormously!!! The therapy bench is already in full use at school and has made such a difference to Torin joining in class floor activities and reading. Again, THANKYOU. You're a gem.
Beth Connell ~mum of Torin January 9, 2014
Can you thank all the people who have supported Amy? Amy has made remarkable changes in her development. The support and contributions from people have really made a difference in my little girl’s life.
Leonie Dunbar ~mum of Amy January 9, 2014
I would like to thank Give a Buck for the funds that helped me to get respite to have the time that I needed so badly, I was able to recharge myself to be able to continue caring for my daughter needs. I believe if it wasn't for the respite, things could have ended up a different way and that would have been no good for anyone. With great appreciation, thanks to Give A Buck for the funds to make this happen for us.
Brenda Fransen ~mum of Amy January 9, 2014
Just a quick note to let you know that Asli had her first night at swimming with her new water ears. She was very excited and was amazed that the water makes a noise! I want to send you a big hug and kiss and a huge thank you not only for what you did to help Asli but for all the hard work that you do. You are a true guardian angel to all kids with special needs Thank You, and if you get the opportunity can you send my thanks to Siemens for such a generous gift that will change a very happy little girl’s life. With gratitude forever.
Wendy Muir ~mum of Asli January 9, 2014
That is FANTASTIC news!! THANK YOU so much for your help. Chris and I are so grateful for everything that everyone has done for us - I really don't know what we would have done if we hadn't found you.
Shannan Ward ~mum of Breanna January 9, 2014
On behalf of Jocelyn, Adam, Lily and myself, I would like to thank you for all your help in supporting Jocelyn. We look forward to getting her second skin in April & receiving some much needed respite. Words cannot express how grateful we are. All I can say is a huge Thank you for everything- it will never be forgotten.
Tanya De Lulio ~mum of Jocelyn January 9, 2014
Thankyou you so very much. Maddison has already received so much enjoyment from having access to this equipment. There is no doubt that you and the team are a wonderful blessing for all of us that have benefited from your hard work and deep compassion.
Rennae Williams ~mum to Maddison January 9, 2014
Our many heartfelt thanks go out to IGAB and to all those kind and generous people who donated to Maddy's appeal; on behalf of our entire family we say thank you once again! Without the immense support that Maddy received from the public this would not have ever been possible. Adrian and I feel an overwhelming sense of relief that this major hurdle has been overcome and we would like to pass on our sincerest gratitude to all those who contributed.
Traci Ellmer ~mum of Maddy January 9, 2014
We cannot thank you enough for Mahaylia’s speech therapy. She is loving it. Kinder staff members have noticed her improvements. As luck would have it my husband hasn't had work for a few weeks and not sure how that will pan out. So we are forever grateful for the fabulous work and generosity shown to us from you.
Danielle Molloy ~mum of Mahaylia January 9, 2014
Thanks to your great work, Sophie now can stand and play with Elmo. She loves him being in her face. She loves his big eyes. It’s easy for me to hoist her into and out of her new stander and it also acts as a platform for routine changing. When she begins to get tired I just hoist her into a flatter position. We so appreciate your valuable contribution to Sophie's equipment.
Tracey Hastie ~mum of Sophie January 9, 2014
Thank you so much. I can’t believe how quickly it was raised! I really never expected it to be that quick. Thank you so much it will make a huge difference.
Thank you for all you have done and are doing for Tara. You don’t know how much of a burden it takes off of us as a family. We were told it would take us 18 months to get Tara a funded walking frame, by which time she may not be able to walk at all because her muscles would have wasted away. It is crazy that families with such severely disabled children cannot get the equipment when we need it, so I thank you greatly for making it possible.
Cheri O’Connell ~mum of Tara January 9, 2014