Kirsty and her partner were struggling to support the needs of their three children when someone suggested they apply for help from Variety. 

Kirsty was particularly concerned for her two boys, who have ADHD. They love playing in the pool and at the beach, but their behaviour in the water was becoming increasingly uncontrollable.  

“I was anxious they might hurt themselves if they didn’t know how to swim; but I couldn’t afford lessons for two kids. I struggled to pay for bedding and basic clothing. The kids’ uniform jumpers were worn out and their socks had holes – they needed new ones to keep them warm.  The jumpers were $90 each, as they grow so fast. 

“I didn’t know who or what Variety was, it was the local community trust who suggested we apply for sponsorships. I didn’t know what to expect, but the help for my children couldn’t have come at a better time.  

“When we got the vouchers and the kids got new stuff from the Warehouse because of them, they were asking me where the money came from. I told them it came from a very nice person who understood what we’re going through and decided to help us. 

“I don’t think I can find enough words to express my gratitude to my children’s sponsors.” 

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