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VERY SPECIAL KIDS – a char­ity help­ing ap­prox­i­mately 900 fam­i­lies across Vic­to­ria who have a child with a life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion – will have its work sup­ported thanks to a new com­mu­nity part­ner­ship with Transdev Mel­bourne, it’s been an­nounced re­cently.

The part­ner­ship aims to sup­port the im­por­tant work of Very Special Kids by rais­ing aware­ness and funds among Transdev Mel­bourne’s staff and cus­tomers, and co­in­cides with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s big­gest an­nual fundraiser: the 24-Hour Tread­mill Chal­lenge, which has been im­pacted by Covid-19 re­stric­tions.

Free ser­vices of­fered via Very Special Kids in­clude: coun­selling, ad­vo­cacy, sib­ling pro­grammes, be­reave­ment sup­port and spe­cial­ist care at the char­ity’s hospice.

Transdev Mel­bourne’s sup­port for Very Special Kids will in­clude rais­ing aware­ness and fundrais­ing through Transdev bus ad­ver­tis­ing, dig­i­tal bill­boards and on­go­ing cov­er­age on Transdev’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels and via staff events, the com­pany ex­plains. Its team mem­bers will also pro­vide hands-on sup­port through vol­un­teer­ing, it adds.

This new part­ner­ship kicked off with Transdev Mel­bourne chal­leng­ing staff to “get mov­ing” in the vir­tual 24-day Chal­lenge, where par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to be ac­tive for 30 min­utes ev­ery

day for 24 days in May, all the while rais­ing funds for chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions in need of 24-hour care, it states.


Loretta Lynch, re­cently ap­pointed man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Transdev Mel­bourne, de­scribed the care and com­pas­sion of the Very Special Kids team as in­spir­ing.

“The staff and vol­un­teers at Very Special Kids pro­vide in­cred­i­ble sup­port to chil­dren and fam­i­lies that are liv­ing through traumatic ex­pe­ri­ences,” said Lynch.

“We strongly be­lieve in giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate.

“We hope that our sup­port will raise aware­ness and funds which will al­low Very Special Kids to con­tinue pro­vid­ing much needed hope and com­fort for Vic­to­rian fam­i­lies who have a child with a life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion.”

Michael Wasley, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Very Special Kids, said: “Very Special Kids is ex­cited to have been of­fered this op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with Transdev. As a small char­ity, which does such im­por­tant work, we would love for all Vic­to­ri­ans to know what we do, and this op­por­tu­nity will help us with that.”

Above: This new part­ner­ship kicked off with Transdev Mel­bourne chal­leng­ing staff to “get mov­ing” in the vir­tual 24-day Chal­lenge, the com­pany ex­plains.

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