FLOW SUPPORTS AUTISTIC CHILDREN IN BARBADOS
Children and parents living with autism are set to benefit from a new partnership between local charity More4Kids and telecommunications provider Flow.
As part of the Autism Awareness Project, which is geared towards the sponsorship of four children on a yearly basis, Flow recently donated $20,000 to More4Kids to help offset the costs associated with treatment and therapies.
“Flow is in the business of connecting people and improving lives, and this is especially important for children living with autism. We are very keen about our partnership with More4Kids as this is an issue that is very close to our hearts. In the long run, it is our ultimate goal to provide all our children with a brighter future,” said Niall Sheehy, Managing Director of Flow Barbados.
“We must also acknowledge the incredible efforts of More4Kids. Their cause is grounded in nobility and sacrifice, and we very much look forward to working with them towards achieving meaningful change as it relates to autism.”
Natasha Heaselgrave, Director of More4Kids, thanked Flow for the contribution and urged corporate Barbados to follow suit.
“We are extremely grateful to Flow for this substantial donation and it really makes a huge difference to our work. The funds will go towards assisting autistic kids who are currently in therapy and are already making huge individual progress,” she said.
“We have already placed three kids with autism in schools and they are functioning well which is a huge step toward them becoming independent. The goal is to work with them and with the appropriate therapy and programmes to make them completely functional within in the community.”
The cost per child for a program of 20 hours per week of treatment is $52,800 per year. The aim of the Autism Awareness Project is to raise $211,200 which will be distributed among four children through various services of Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Behavioural Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Assessments, aide support and transportation.