The many friends of True Colours
I am inspired by the “Friends of True Colours”, a group of people that are committed to raising funds for True Colours and to profile the organisation. Diane O’Sullivan set the group up initially and was coordinator until this year; she has now handed this role over to Amanda Graham but will continue to be an active member of Friends of True Colours.
I have been reflecting on the generosity of the many people, businesses and organisations that have supported us to where we are today. We try and acknowledge all who support True Colours and this is available on our sponsorship page on the website. We have been grateful to those that have captured the heart of the vision to support those in the community whose lives have been touched by a child’s or young person’s illness.
The True Colours House is the generous gift from Annah Stretton as she recognizes this important work and is a way of contributing in an ongoing way to children and families with illness. This makes such a difference, and the children and families love to visit at the house.
The cars donated by Waikato Motor Group, Gerard and Celine Bourton and an anonymous donor, contribute hugely to the work that we do with families. Approximately half of the families that True Colours support live rurally, therefore this is very practical assistance, and the children love the “butterfly cars” that come to visit.
Neil and Tim Finn as our Patrons, have contributed hugely and the families have enjoyed in the past, the special sound checks that have been their own mini concert!
The acknowledgement pages on the website honour all those who have contributed in some way to make a difference to the care of families. I am constantly overwhelmed by people’s generosity and support.
Most of us have not walked in the shoes of children and young people who live with serious illness; however there is still a great deal that we can do to support and comfort children and their families through their experiences of living with illness. The focus of the True Colours model of care is about partnership with the child and family supporting them through their illness and grief. This partnership includes all those that support the organisation; it is a huge team effort!