G.J. Gardner Homes raises $18,000 for Variety

Spencer Clarke has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk, stand and sit without assistance. Thanks to Variety - The Children’s Charity NSW’s provision of a Lo base, Spencer can now sit comfortably at the dinner table and breakfast bar with his big brother, Connor. Photo: supplied

Spencer Clarke has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk, stand and sit without assistance. Thanks to Variety - The Children’s Charity NSW’s provision of a Lo base, Spencer can now sit comfortably at the dinner table and breakfast bar with his big brother, Connor. Photo: supplied

The Fab Slab fundraiser proved a big success in 2017.

And one Highlands builder was pleased to be a part of that success.

Much needed special equipment and communication devices have been purchased for Variety- the children’s charity thanks to $18,000 raised by G.J. Gardner Homes.  

Highlands builder David O’Brien was part of the 20 strong team, from across NSW, which raised the donations from the number of new homes that began construction last month.

Mr O’Brien said he was proud to have been part of the successful state-wide initiative, nicknamed the ‘Fab Slab’ fundraiser.

“The money raised by Fab Slab has enabled Variety to purchase equipment like a standing frame and a modified trampoline for kids with mobility issues, monitoring equipment for a child with epilepsy, and iPad’s to help kids and their families with communication challenges,” he said.

“It’s also enabled a number of kids to receive much-needed therapy as well.”

Mr O’Brien said Variety’s work in the community was vital.

“The work that Variety does in the community is absolutely vital for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, along with their families who also do it tough,” he said.

“Their work is inspiring and we’re very proud we could do our part to support their efforts.”

This was the third year  G.J. Gardner as a group, had supported Variety - the Children’s Charity and over that time the network has raised more $435,000 through various fundraising efforts.

Chief among these activities is the G.J. Variety Freedom House fundraiser in which a brand new home auctioned off with all profits going to the charity.

Variety - the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT CEO, David Sexton, thanked G.J. Gardner Homes for initiating the fundraiser.

“Variety helps when others can’t,” he said.

“But we couldn’t do our work without the assistance of organisations like G.J. Gardner Homes and people like Mr O’Brien who support us so readily.”

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