Blake's best mate
There's a young local family that needs our collective help with an Assistance Dog
Locals Belinda and Brian Spooner have two boys; Nate who is 6 years old and Blake who is four. Blake was diagnosed with Autism in November 2015, Epilepsy in March 2016, recurrent glue ear (causing hearing loss) and has recently been prescribed glasses as he is long sighted. He struggles in just about every aspect of his life and unfortunately recently suffered a major setback, regressing by 18 months in his development. The cause of which is expected to be found in an upcoming MRI.
Unfortunately due to this regression, he's now lost the ability to complete tasks he was previously capable of and a lot of the development he gained from previous therapy will have to be relearned.
As part of Blake's condition, his senses are heightened so he struggles in crowds and public spaces such as Kindy and shopping centres.
Blake's speech therapist recently suggested that the family try an Autism Assistance Dog to help him with his day to day life. The best thing about a dog is that they are uncomplicated creatures to which he can relate (and who do not speak back).
The cost of training these very special companions is expensive, taking between 18 months to two years to train and cost up to costs up to $20,000. Blake would benefit from weekly therapy sessions with the dog until such time as it is fully trained, when it would go to live with Blake.
There are two special events organised to raise funds for this very worthy and local cause. We urge you to show your support.
Firstly, there will be a charity golf day. It's being held at North Lakes Golf Club on Sunday 13th November. The day starts with an 8am tee off , providing food and beverages before and after the round. There will be raffles and special games around the course with great prizes to win. Tickets are $99 or $360 for a group booking. Tickets can be purchased via www.facebook.com/blakesbestmate/events.
There will also be a gala dinner to raise money for the much needed service dog at The Tavernetta function centre at Carseldine on Saturday
11th March 2017. We will bring you more info on this event as the date nears.
If you'd like to help out you can make a direct donation via https://www.gofundme.com/2jcg4qc?r
If you or your business can assist in this effort, or you'd like more information, contact email@example.com.
For more info visit www.facebook.com/blakesbestmate
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