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4 June 2013
MALKARA SCHOOL WALKING FOR BOUNDLESS
Malkara Specialist School has thrown its support behind fundraising efforts for Canberra’s first inclusive playground, Boundless, with a whole of school walkathon taking place on Tuesday 4 June. Malkara School has provided 40 years of quality education for students with an intellectual disability. 65 students from the Garran campus will take part in the walkathon, with a route taking students around the school and a nearby aged care facility.
“It made sense for Malkara School to fundraise this year for Boundless,” said Jennie Lindsay, Principal of Malkara School. Boundless will be fabulous resource for the 100 plus Malkara families, as a safe and accessible place to take their children on weekends and holidays. Our students have been enthusiastically seeking sponsorship from their families and friends to raise money for Boundless, and hopefully raise some awareness for the project as well. As a school we look forward to visiting Boundless for play excursions and gross-motor excursions. The students will not only have fun, but through play improve their coordination, muscle strength, language and reasoning abilities,” said Ms Lindsay.
Located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, Boundless Canberra will be an AFL-sized playground where children, young people and their families can play, socialise, be challenged and have lots of fun. It will be a free, state-of-the-art play space that is fun and inclusive of all children of all ages and abilities.
The playground is a gift from the ACT’s public servants and private sector to mark the Centenary of Canberra. Boundless Canberra is proudly supported by the ACT Government’s Community Centenary Initiatives Fund, and the land was generously donated by the National Capital Authority.
14 May 2013
HELP BUILD BOUNDLESS
Community CPS Australia are putting their support behind Boundless and have launched a television commercial asking Canberran's to Help Build Boundless
You can make online donations at Boundless Canberra.
COLLECTOR'S ITEM CENTENARY OF CANBERRA NUMBER PLATE C 001 TO BE AUCTIONED FOR BOUNDLESS
The Centenary of Canberra have produced 100 special Centenary number plates which will be auctioned in support of local charities. Boundless Canberra has been generously offered the 'C 100' Centenary number plate and will be auctioning this during July. Further information about the number plates is available here. Details about the auction will be announced shortly.
CONSTRUCTION OF BOUNDLESS CANBERRA UNDERWAY!!
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today turned the first sod and kicked off construction of the Boundless National Children’s Playground.
“This is a very exciting milestone,” Boundless Board Member, Natalie Howson said. “It means we will now start to see Boundless come out of the ground and more importantly ensure that by the end of this year there will finally be a place in the ACT where people of all abilities can play together.”
Boundless Canberra is a project aiming to create the first space in the ACT where children with disabilities can safely play with their friends and family. Playing is important for all children, not only so they can have fun, but also to aid learning and development. Boundless will help children improve their coordination, muscle strength, language, cognitive thinking and reasoning abilities.
The playground will be a gift from the people of Canberra to the national capital for its Centenary. Boundless Canberra is proudly supported by the ACT Government’s Community Centenary Initiatives Fund. This playground would not be possible without the generous gift of land from the National Capital Authority.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported Boundless to date,” Ms Howson said, “and all the people who attended today’s event to show their enthusiasm for this project. I particularly want to thank Lyle Dahms and Lily who spoke at today’s event. Mr Dahms has a son, Alex who is in a wheelchair and Lily, who is just eight years old, is also in a wheelchair because she has cerebral palsy.Imagine how difficult it must be as a parent to know how desperately your child wants to play and experience the fun and independence that comes with zooming around a playground and not having anywhere that lets them to do that.
Or imagine being a child who can only watch as her friends and siblings play together in a playground. “Boundless will change all this by creating a space where all children can play together and enjoy what so many of us took for granted when we were young – swinging, sliding, climbing and of course the make believe associated with playing in a playground – that you are on a pirate ship, in a rocket or driving a race car. We are now well and truly on our way, but we still need the community’s help if we are going to make sure children such as Alex and Lily have somewhere in the future where they can enjoy all the benefits that come with playing.I urge anyone who hasn’t yet donated to Boundless to get in touch and find out how they can help.”
BOUNDLESS CANBERRA COCKTAIL PARTY
Tusmo Cafe Bar in Forde will be hosting an Autumn Cocktail Party in support of Boundless Canberra at 6pm Friday 5 April.
Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to Boundless Canberra. Tickets include drink on arrival, wine tasting and live music.
Contact 6223 2088 or Haelee.firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to purchase tickets.
Please note ticket numbers are limited so get in fast. Boundless Canberra are looking forward to seeing you all there for a great night.
CALLING ALL ACT SCHOOL STUDENTS: SHOW US YOUR BOUNDLESS ENTHUSIASM
Students are invited to submit a short (no more than 3 minute) video or photo presentation on play and inclusion.
Tell us the most fun you have had playing, or why it is important for children of all abilities to have somewhere to play together or why people should support Boundless Canberra.
Prizes include two $500 Community Rewards Accounts from Community CPS Australia Credit Union and two Canberra Raiders Coaching Clinics.
10 February 2013
KIDS TO BENEFIT FROM SUPPORT FOR BOUNDLESS AT THE MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Canberra community unrestrainedly got behind the Boundless Canberra project at this weekend's National Multicultural Festival and helped raise $10,000 towards building the ACT's first inclusive playground.
Boundless Director, Natalie Howson said, "The Boundless Canberra team was out in force selling raffle tickets during the Multicultural Festival and the response from festival goers was amazing. Hundreds of locals bought tickets in the Boundless raffle to support this important project and go into the draw for some great prizes.
ACT Minsiter for Children and Young People, Joy Burch and popular television presenter Jay Laga'aia drew and announced the raffle winners during the Multicultural Festival yesterday afternoon. "Mr Laga'aia was a big hit with the kids and their parents and did a great job at promoting Boundless and the raffle to crowds," Ms Howson praised.
Five lucky people won prizes including a DJ for an event or party; an accomodation package at Hotel Realm; a make-up session; and a portrait session with Anthony Symes Photographer. First prize in the Boundless raffle was a trip to Fiji, which was generously donated by Maria Slater Travel.
Boundless Canberra is a project aiming to create the first space in the ACT where children with disabilities can safely play with their friends and family. Playing is important for all children, not only so they can have fun, but to aid learning and development. Boundless will help children improve their coordination, muscle strength, language, cognitive thinking and reasoning abilities. The playground will be a gift from the people of Canberra to the national capital for its Centenary. Boundless Canberra is proudly supported by the ACT Government's Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.
"I would like to congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone who purchased a ticket and the organisers of the Multicultural Restival who once again put on a fantastic event," Ms Howson said.
First Prize: Yvonne Perriman. Second Prize: Pegah Mirjamali. Third Prize: Nicole Dolling. Fourth Prize: Rebecca Bamford. Fifth Prize: Linda Sirimanotham.
18 December 2012
THERAPY ACT THANKS STAFF FOR THEIR BOUNDLESS EFFORTS IN 2012Read Thank you letter from Therapy ACT (PDF | 61KB)
1 December 2012
SOFIA AND CHELSEA TRUE WINNERS AT I-DAY RAFFLE
Two young Forrest Primary School students epitomised the spirit of generosity and selflessness while helping out Boundless at the I-Day Market and Expo on 1 December 2012.
Not only did Sofia Rosenberg and Chelsea Chamberlain spend a very hot Saturday outdoors selling tickets in the Boundless raffle, but when they won a prize in the raffle they instantly donated it back for a redraw. During the day, in addition to selling tickets, the girls used their own pocket money to buy several entries in the raffle.
At the conclusion of the I-Day Market, Chelsea and Sofia helped draw the winning tickets and the very first name they pulled out of the barrel was their own. The girls quickly offered to exclude themselves from the prize pool and drew a new winner.
Thanks to the hard work of Sofia and Chelsea and other volunteers, nearly 500 tickets were sold in the Boundless I-Day raffle and three very happy people went home with great prizes.
Boundless would like to thank everyone who donated a prize for the raffle and is particularly grateful to Lollypotz for its kind donation.
November 2012ENJOY A DAY OUT AT THE BURLEY GRIFFIN REGATTA AND HELP BOUNDLESS
Burley Griffin Regatta by Signature 27
The Boundless team would love to see Canberrans out enjoying the inaugural Burley Griffin Regatta on 8 December 2012 as five per cent of ticket sales is being donated to help us build an all access playground.
Signature 27, the company behind the Regatta, has generously agreed to make Boundless Canberra the charity of choice for this new and exciting event. Signature 27 is managed by legendary Kiwi cricketer Chris Cairns and his wife Melanie. The Cairns know through personal experience the challenges children with a disability can face and are well aware of the potential offered by Boundless Canberra.
Once completed, Boundless Canberra will be the national capital’s first all abilities playground. It will have equipment that can be accessed by children of all ability levels without being readily identifiable as ‘disabled access’ equipment and zoned spaces that cater to a range of different age and developmental levels. The Regatta gives us all an opportunity to support Boundless while enjoying a great day out at a unique event.
The Burley Griffin Regatta will see rowers, dragon boaters and kayakers compete for the first time in Australia in a cross discipline regatta over a 500m sprint course. Racing will culminate in a final champion of champions race for the Burley Griffin Cup.
Luxurious hospitality marquees overlooking the Central Basin and the Parliamentary Triangle will provide a picturesque setting for guests to enjoy all the days racing action while sipping cocktails in the sun.
The Burley Griffin Regatta PIMM'S Garden Party will be the ‘must attend’ event of the summer in Canberra. With a strict dress code enforced, well-heeled fashionistas will enjoy live music, entertainment and world famous PIMM'S hospitality.
To buy a ticket or find out more visit Burley Griffin Regatta.
THERAPY ACT BOUNDS AHEAD FOR BOUNDLESS
One ACT Government program area has bolted out of the gate when it comes to supporting the Boundless Canberra project. The team at Therapy ACT is planning to hold five Boundless fundraising activities in the next few months, including a Melbourne Cup event. Led by Amanda Kwong and Susan Kingsford, the staff of Therapy ACT have already raised nearly $400 by holding a curry lunch day.
Amanda said as the staff of Therapy ACT work closely with children with disabilities and special needs, they know how important it is for all young people to have somewhere they can play with their peers. This has translated into very strong support for the Boundless project.
Other fundraising events still to be held include a week-long lunch time trivia competition, a craft and baked goods sale and a movie night. In addition, the team has agreed to donate the proceedings of their Melbourne Cup sweeps to Boundless and make a gold coin donation at the Cup afternoon tea.
The movie night will be a showing of Rise of the Guardians on 14 December at Greater Union Cinemas in Manuka. This event will be open to people outside of Therapy ACT. If you would like to attend contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Numbers are limited, so be quick. Susan explained that one of the great parts of holding Boundless events is that everyone in Therapy ACT gets to be involved in the fundraising effort and have an enjoyable and interactive experience at the same time.
Therapy ACT Movie Fundraiser Flyer (PDF: 688kb)
SIMON'S GIFT TO BOUNDLESS
Recently we learnt of one eight year old boy who decided to selflessly use his own birthday to encourage donations to Boundless Canberra. Simon Scott turned eight in October 2012 and invited a large group of classmates and friends to his birthday party. He asked everyone who attended to donate to Boundless rather than buy him a present. Simon’s parents were very supportive of this decision and so were his friends. Together they have helped Simon raise over $400.
When asked what sparked this idea, Simon explained he thinks Boundless is a great charity and somewhere he might play himself in the future.
Simon’s Mum Vikki said ’having friends who have children with special needs routinely reminds us how difficult it can be to find somewhere safe and accessible to take kids to play.’ Simon’s parents are very proud of him and they will be watching the development of the Boundless all abilities playground with interest. Well done Simon!!
If you have a story of a fundraising activity you have undertaken we would love to hear all about it. Please let us know at Boundless Canberra!
The ACT’s first all abilities playground is a step closer to fruition after the official launch of the Boundless Canberra project.