17-Apr-2018 5:09 PM

On Thursday 19 April, Variety – the Children’s Charity will present a brand new Sunshine Coach to Frankston Special Developmental School, ensuring students have reliable access to and engage with their local community.

Frankston SDS provides a spacious, friendly and caring learning environment for children and young people who have moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. The school’s motto is “learning for life” and there is a sharp focus on the development of functional skills that enable students to live as independently as possible.

The school relies heavily on their existing school bus which is over 15 years old, to transport students to excursions, camps, work placements and more; so when Variety received the application for a replacement vehicle, they were only too happy to assist.

Variety Sunshine Coaches are so named because they enable students to get out and about in the sunshine – in other words, they allow students greater access to their local communities, and the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities.

The presentation will take place at the school at 2pm on Thursday and representatives from the Variety –the Children’s Charity and Kennards Hire will be present.

When asked about the presentation, CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity Victoria, Janette Connolly said,

We are delighted to be able to fund a brand new Variety Sunshine Coach for Frankston SDS. We know how much they rely on their current coach and without them, the students wouldn’t be able to get out and about in the community with their peers.’

Variety – the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to changing the lives of children living with illness, disadvantage or special needs. In 2017 Variety Victoria granted $1,315,891 and directly impacted the lives of over 24,000 Victorian children in need.

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Filming/Photo Opps: Children playing, climbing in and out of the coach, staff and Variety representatives available for comment/photos also.

What: Variety Sunshine Coach Presentation
Photos/interviews, heart-warming images of students experiencing the brand new bus for the first time.
Where: Frankston SDS, Sassafras Drive, Frankston VIC
When: Thursday 19 April 2018, at 2pm
Contact: Pauline Humphrey, Variety Kids Support Manager, 0437 424 120