Bob Male, Helena Patriarca, Ashley and Venicia Bush, Ray Tobin, Rob Goodwin with Finley (four years old) and Nioka Bush (eight years old) at the Rotary Club of South Dubbo and Queensland Variety Bash dinner. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEA deserving Dubbo family was the lucky recipient of a generous collaboration between Rotary Club of Dubbo South and the Queensland Variety Bash.

Siblings Nioka and Finley Bush both have cerebellum hypoplasia, a disease that leaves part of their brain undeveloped and cerebral palsy ataxa, which has left them with problems with balance and co-ordination.

Their parents Ashley and Venicia have to provide high levels of care whilst also supporting the family financially. South Dubbo Rotary and Variety donated almost $8000 worth of equipment to the family, including two walkers, support clothing and a Revolution chair for eight-year-old Nioka which allows her to transfer between wheelchair and furniture.

The family was extremely grateful for the support.

“It’s really fantastic, such a big help to us,” Venicia said.

“The cost of everything they need is so high, especially because there is two of them and getting funding is such an arduous process so to have these items donated to us is incredible.

“We really want to thank the people from the Rotary Club of South Dubbo and the Queensland Variety Bash.”

Rotary Club of Dubbo South’s Bob Male said the Bush family were deserving recipients.

“People from the Queensland Variety Bash came to us and said ‘have you got a worthy cause? If so we will match everything you can raise, dollar for dollar.’ so I went to Ashley and asked him what they could use,” Mr Male said.

“He modestly said there were people who needed it more than them but we convinced him and he said the children could really do with walkers and also these special support shorts and support shoes so that is what we got, as well as the chair for Nioka.

“We presented it to them last night [Thursday night] when the Variety people were here and it was great to be able to help out such wonderful people.”

An auction was also held as part of Thursday night’s celebrations to raise money and a generous bidder purchased one of the items, a one-metre tall hand-made teddy bear, for $1000 and donated it to a delighted Nioka.

“She loved it. It was made by a lady called Sue so it has been named Sue and it is sitting on Nioka’s bed,” Venicia said.

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