Mar 29 2010

Autism fund raiser gets a bounce

Posted by Erin

Jump for joy, the prize for the school which raises the most money on Dress Differently Day this year, will win¡­ Drum Roll Please¡­..a SpringfreeTM Trampoline!

Autism Awareness month kicks off onSpringfreeJose_lowres 1 April with Autism Queensland¡¯ Autism Awareness Day Barbeque and culminates on 30 April with Dress Differently Day.

Every registered school hosting a Dress Differently Day event or selling Autism Queensland merchandise will go into the draw for a range of prizes. ?But the school to raise the most money will get a Springfree Trampoline, the World¡¯s Safest Trampoline worth $945 and a Footprints Book Voucher.

The SpringfreeTM Trampoline is the only design that has removed all the traditional impact areas that cause equipment induced trampoline injuries ¨C steel springs and hard edges.

Autism Queensland CEO Penny Beeston said demand for Autism Queensland¡¯s services was up 40 percent from 10 years ago.

¡°We know that 1 in 160 children have a diagnosis of Autism, and we¡¯ve seen a real increase in the demand for our services right across Queensland,¡± she said.

¡°Autism Queensland receives government support but we also rely on donations from the community to make Autism information, support and outreach programs accessible to all Queenslanders.¡±

Ms Beeston said Autism Queensland was the only organisation to provide Autism specific Outreach Programs into all schools in Queensland, whether they are State, Independent or Catholic schools.

¡°Money raised will fund education and therapy for children with Autism; information services to support families and professionals as well as supporting our Outreach Programs, ¡± she said.

Individuals or groups can take part in Dress Differently Day by registering online at or by calling the Autism Queensland fundraising team on (07) 3273 0000.

Some (cheap) ideas to dress differently include:

  • put your clothes on backwards or inside out
  • put your socks on after your shoes
  • teachers could wear the school uniform to school
  • get the old Superman costume out of mothballs



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