Over 2 years ago, TLC for Kids Mum Jemima Tawse came to us with a vision. She wanted to create a program that enabled sick children one last trip away from hospital. A trip that would allow them time with family. A trip that would create lasting memories for everyone involved.
Fast forward to last week and, after 2 years of planning, hard work, fundraising and amazing offers of support, we were able to deliver our very first TLC Ambulance trip: taking Stephie, her mum Kylie and brother Robbie to Werribee Zoo for the day. Stephie has Mitochondrial Disorder and usually has to use a wheelchair to move around, but is an avid animal lover and wanted nothing more than to go to the zoo!
Jemima accompanied the family as Nick, an Ambulance Victoria paramedic, which was the cherry on top of a heartwarming and special day for everyone. Before leaving the VSK offices in Malvern, Stephie beamed “I’m ready for the time of my life!” The trip certainly lived up to her expectations! Stephie spent hours wandering the zoo and engaging with zookeepers, soaking up the atmosphere and brightening the day of every single person she came across. As an added bonus, the presence of TLC for Kids team and Ambulance Victoria paramedics enabled Kylie to relax and spend one-on-one time with Robbie, and do the simple things (without the burden of stress) that most of us take for granted.
Each TLC Ambulance trip promises to be such a special, enriching and unique experience for every family and we couldn’t be more happy or proud of the work everyone has done to get the program to this point.
Special thank you to the following people:
- Montagner-Zembrzuski Family Foundation
- Australian Powerline Industries
- Mercedes Benz Vans
- 3AW Melbourne & Neil Mitchell
- Australian Merch Co.
- Ambulance Victoria
- Mader International Pty Ltd
- Advent Security
- Zest Image
- Every single person who has donated to the TLC Ambulance!