Charity Partner: Sunshine Butterflies
Sunshine Butterflies is a disability support service and not-for-profit charity located on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Butterflies was founded in 2010 by Leanne and Damien Walsh whose son Curtis was born 13 weeks premature with Cerebral Palsy in 1995. Through Leanne’s experience, passion and dedication, the Sunshine Butterflies' vision and mission to provide a better future for people with disability began.
The Primary Club of Australia has supported the development of Sunshine Butterflies Accessible Playground at its 15-acre community facility ‘Our Backyard’. The new Accessible Playground at ‘Our Backyard’ was opened in March 2022 and has been adored by the community on many occasions such as our weekly playgroups, community events and therapy sessions.
The Accessible Playground area at ‘Our Backyard’ is unique as it is used for early intervention therapy, exercise and social play for children living with disability. Unlike the usual early intervention setting where the child is in a clinical room accessing therapy, the playground at ‘Our Backyard’ provides a safe and comfortable space for children to work with the onsite Paediatric Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologists and Support Workers in a fun and supportive environment. The new playground has made accessing therapies and supports much more enjoyable for the child and parent.
The nurture-themed playground features a wheelchair accessible treehouse, timber balance poles and steppers for coordination skills, water and sand play features and a music wall for fine motor skills and cooperation as well climbing platforms and a spider net swing for children to build agility and strength.
“Sunshine Butterflies is thrilled with the support that the Primary Club of Australia provides to people living with disability in Australia. This project would not have been possible without their help.”
— Lucy Mills, Sunshine Butterflies