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SOME of Bar­won Health’s youngest pa­tients have joined Gee­long foot­baller Scott Sel­wood for a spe­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sion at GMHBA to launch a ma­jor fundraiser for their own child-friendly re­hab cen­tre.

Many of the chil­dren have spent count­less hours un­der­go­ing treat­ment from the Vic­to­rian Pae­di­atric Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vice, which helps under-18s re­cover from se­ri­ous con­di­tions in­clud­ing spinal cord in­juries, strokes and cere­bral palsy. Cur­rently the Gee­long branch of the ser­vice has to treat the kids at adult fa­cil­i­ties, which aren’t well suited to pro­vid­ing the play­ful en­vi­ron­ment young­sters need.

The Bar­won Health foun­da­tion has launched a Brick­s4Kids cam­paign to raise $3.6 mil­lion for a new re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity de­signed for chil­dren and youth.

The build­ing will fea­ture fun­sized equip­ment, spe­cial ther­apy pro­grams dis­guised as games and fa­cil­i­ties for sup­port­ing fam­i­lies’ in­volve­ment in their child’s re­cov­ery.

By pay­ing for a brick, in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses can help the Bar­won Health Foun­da­tion reach the goal.

All those who pur­chase a named brick will also ap­pear in the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser.

To do­nate visit brick­ or con­tact the Bar­won Health foun­da­tion on 4215 8900.

Pic­ture: ALI­SON WYND

ON BOARD: Cat Scott Sel­wood and Keisha Low, 4, who has cere­bral palsy, at the Bar­won Health Foun­da­tion Brick­s4Kids launch.

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