01-Feb-2018 9:15 AM

On Tuesday 6 February, Variety – the Children’s Charity will present a brand new Sunshine Coach to the staff and students at Southern Autistic School in Bentleigh, enabling students direct access their local community.

Southern Autistic School is a special school for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It provides curriculum for children aged 2 to 18 through a range of diverse programs that address their academic, social and emotional needs, as well as encouraging them to become independent and achieve their career goals.

The school relies heavily on their existing school bus which is over 12 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 with their peers.

The presentation will take place at the school, at 9:30am on Tuesday.

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
Where: Southern Autistic School, 12 Margaretta St, Bentleigh East VIC
When: Tuesday 6 February, at 9:30am
Contact: Pauline Humphrey, Variety Kids Support Manager, 0437 424 120