Donation to help Dylan
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.”
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.