Char­ity sta­tus achieved

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A NOT-FOR-PROFIT group es­tab­lished by a Ham­mond Park res­i­dent and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist has achieved char­ity sta­tus.

Sarah Twomey moved to ad­dress a lack of in­for­ma­tion on hip dys­pla­sia by set­ting up Healthy Hips Aus­tralia (HHA) ear­lier this year.

Hip dys­pla­sia is a fail­ure of the hip joints to de­velop nor­mally, which over time de­creases func­tion in the joints.

Af­ter five months of work, HHA has been reg­is­tered as a health pro­mo­tion char­ity, al­low­ing it to fundraise around the coun­try.

In an­other boost, the char­ity re­ceived a $20,000 grant from Real In­sur­ance to es­tab­lish play and sup­port groups and to make hip dys­pla­sia-friendly toys and equip­ment avail­able for hire.

“Our main goal for the com­ing months is to make ev­ery par­ent aware of the po­ten­tial signs and symp­toms of hip dys­pla­sia and ed­u­cate about the risk of in­cor­rect swad­dling lead­ing to un­nec­es­sary in­ci­dences of the con­di­tion,” Ms Twomey said.

Ms Twomey, whose own daugh­ters have had the con­di­tion, said HHA’s fu­ture work was de­pen­dent on do­na­tions and vol­un­teers.

“I am pas­sion­ate about this and have ded­i­cated my time to it out of love for my girls and want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence,” she said.

“I built the web­site for un­der $100 my­self, but other ser­vices we want to of­fer re­quire funds.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

SarahT­womey with daugh­ters Eve (3) and Maya (14 months).

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