Thursday, January 30, 2014

Date claimer for fundraising event

I have chosen the City2South 14km fun run as our major fundraiser for Harri's HOPE in 2014. We completed the inaugural event last year and were pleased with the event. In the past we have used the Gold Coast Marathon event and Riverwalk as fundraisers. The best participation we received was in Riverwalk 2007, when we had 46 friends do the walk with us.

I would like to beat that mark in this years event. So I am calling all eager walkers/joggers/runners to put aside the date of Sunday 15th of June. I want to take advantage of early bird discounts and once I have 20 names nominated, I can create a team page to make fundraising easier. You can help by simply competing and getting a hand full of sponsors or sponsoring someone who is competing. If you would like to help fundraise but can not do the event, please contact me to arrange this. The nominations are not open yet but i am looking for an early indication of people interested. If you are interested please indicate by end of February.

Regards Matt

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A working bee planned

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Members of Harris supporting charity ( Harri's HOPE Inc.) are arranging a working bee on the weekend of 8th & 9th of February. The function of the working bee is to rapidly complete projects around Harri's home environment, enabling Harri to enjoy his surroundings more effectively and participate in the activities that the family engage in.

Anyone wishing to participate can contact the committee using the contacts page on the organisation's web page. the link is here

Thank you, from the committee.
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Harri will also compete in the selection trials for the Qld disabled bowling Cole Cup team on the 16th of February. He has been in better form than last year where he just missed out on a spot on the team.

School also returns this week for Harri and his younger brother. We are also eagerly awaiting the commencement of the speech therapy sessions with his new speech generation device ( SGD ) with eye gaze controls.

We hope to then have the SGD go with Harri everywhere as his main communication system. It is also hoped that the peer communication groups / friends will commence. These groups of friends will assist in make harri's communication more meaningful and efficient.

Regards Matt

Monday, January 20, 2014

Busy January

We have have a busy time in January. We packed and left for a trip to Mackay on New Years day, getting as far as Rockhampton on the 1st Day, where we had a long over due catch up we Harri's Uncle Dan and Aunty Michelle. We were warmly accepted and stayed the night, we all enjoyed the lasagne Michelle had prepared.

We travelled on the following day arriving in Mackay mid afternoon, seeing Grandma before finally arriving at the Barrow Hill farm, where we were going to make our base for the couple of days we were to stay in Mackay. During our stay visited with the relatives and friends, as well as swam in the Pioneer river ( above the Dumblton Weir ), visited a Eungella National Park walking to the platypus observation decks, had a birthday lunch for grandma and ten pin bowling.

We left Mackay and arrived in Brisbane on the 6th. We then began to prepare for our beach holiday at Marcoola. We left early this year than previous years and were staying for a total of 10 nights. Our lovely apartment at Marcoola Beach Resort was very close to the beach and surf life saving patrols. We also had a pool, a heated spa, gymnasium, tennis court, sauna and BBQ's. Much to the children's delight, free, pay-TV with Nickelodeon.

We have now returned from Holiday's all a little browner, but a lot more relaxed.

We hope the new year has been good for you and we look forward to sharing an exciting year with you.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christmas and New Years pass by

Time has flown by, so has Christmas and New Year, enjoying parties and swimming to beat the heat. Playing with the new presents and in Harri case working with his new communication device that arrived Christmas eve. But he had to wait till I had created a stable mount while we wait for the table mount to be delivered and the new wheelchair to arrive before a wheelchair mount can be prescribed.

Trying to put in 2 sessions a day, with a 6 day interruption for a fast visit to Mackay N.Q. visiting relatives.

Now the new year period is over further adjustments to Harri's medication will continue, in the hope that it is all sorted by the start of school. Harri has been a bit sleepy over the last month as a side effect of the recent changes. The late nights and social events over the festival period probably having an effect as well.

Harri has also started the year well with bowling, picking up where he left off with a 165, 162 and 170 in his first match. this gives him a 497 series without handicap and 644 with handicap. good games off 14, 11 and 19 over average.