Dona­tion to help Dy­lan

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

FIF­TEEN-YEAR-OLD Dy­lan Bowlden is $500 closer to re­plac­ing his worn out speech de­vice which al­lows him to com­mu­ni­cate.

At birth, Dy­lan suf­fered a brain bleed which re­sulted in se­vere quad­ri­plegic cere­bral palsy. Af­ter five months in hos­pi­tal, he was also di­ag­nosed as pro­foundly deaf.

Dy­lan’s mother Theresa said the Aus­tralind fam­ily felt “very lucky” to re­ceive a dona­tion as one of the Bun­bury Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion fundrais­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries be­cause there were many wor­thy char­i­ties in the com­mu­nity.

“He is non-ver­bal, so this money is go­ing to­wards a new speech de­vice be­cause his is very old and break­ing,” she said.

“It’s very ex­pen­sive, it’s the price of a new small car – it’s $20,000 so it’s mas­sive. The govern­ment put to­wards $7000, but there is a big gap, so ev­ery­thing helps and it was very nice that the ladies thought of Dy­lan.

“It’s his voice, so it’s an es­sen­tial item – it will open up the world for him.”

CWA pres­i­dent Chooi Gan­gath­a­ran said the Bowlden fam­ily was one of three ben­e­fi­cia­ries who re­ceived a $500 dona­tion on Tues­day, which was raised at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mini-fete in Oc­to­ber.

“We had a meet­ing and de­cided to do­nate part of the money to Dy­lan, some to the Bun­bury Soup Van and also Rid­ing for the Dis­abled,” she said.

“I would like to thank all our mem­bers, es­pe­cially as it is vol­un­teer week, who put in the time and ef­fort.”

Pic­ture: Emily Ace

Bun­bury CWA pres­i­dent Chooi Gan­gath­a­ran, cen­tre, presents Wayne and Theresa Bowlden a $500 dona­tion to go to­wards the pur­chase of a new speech de­vice for their non-ver­bal son Dy­lan.

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