Connecting, Fun and Caring

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Connecting SA bowel and bladder children and their families

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?

Budget

$76,000.00

How will the funding be spent?

The funding will be spent on CONNECTING all bowel and bladder children in SA and their families and keeping these connections sustained for the long term. Days that offer extra-ordinary experiences for not only affected children and families but also for mums, dads and siblings separately. A van will be purchased to display the Muddy Puddles logo and be used for all transport for our special days and to help in our mission to raise awareness in the community of these rare conditions.

How will the project be delivered?

All events will be planned explicitly and tailored to the needs of the groups we are providing for. We'll use a needs assessment to decide where each of these events will be held and how they will be executed in order to maximise benefit to our target groups. Our project will focus on building healthier bowel and bladder children who are better equipped to deal medically and psychologically with the chronic complexities they face which as result will reduce the burden on SA Health in the future.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

70

How will you measure the impact of this project?

We will record numbers of families involved in the project.
We will track and monitor these families and how they benefit from the project.
Pre-project interviews will be given with a focus on the impact these chronic conditions have had on the lives of all involved.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

We will be taking these children and their families out of isolation and showing them that there are others out there in the same boat as them. Once they are connected, we will work to sustain the connections and from there provide support that allows affected children to grow their self-belief and self-worth. We will build up the confidence of those closest to affected children by creating a safe space in which experiences can safely be shared. Our families will experience a sense of belonging.

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?

Budget

$76,000.00

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Muddy Puddles Foundation

What does this organisation do?

Muddy Puddles Foundation supports South Australian children fighting chronic and complex bowel and bladder conditions requiring surgical interventions. We connect these little warriors, and their families, with one another so that they can see they’re not alone in their sometimes very private and painful struggles. Muddy Puddles children rely on the help of their parents and carers to help them to empty their bladders and bowels every day. They are very used to hospitals and have had, and continue to have, multiple surgeries and medical interventions. We tailor support to the needs of our families and are heavily focused on ensuring affected children, and siblings, are able to have FUN when they are together and afford them out of the ordinary experiences. Another big focus is around the wellbeing of affected children. We work hard to ensure that as well as being medically cared for, their psychological sides are being cared for and nurtured too.

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Geoff Kirtland

27 May 2017

What a great initiative. Who better support you on a difficult journey than somebody walking the same steps. To get all these people together is a fantastic opportunity to help each other not just walk through these "puddles" but to leap over them !!!

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Geoff Kirtland

28 May 2017

Thank you so much for your support, Geoff!! Yes, 'leaping' over them is what we want to be able to do!! :-)

Tom Fletcher-Rees

27 May 2017

This foundation is building connections so important that our children no longer feel alone or different. I would not like to imagine how much tougher it would be if they had not discovered there was another little person, down the road, struggling each morning just like them.

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Tom Fletcher-Rees

28 May 2017

Thank you, Tom, you get it!

Anne-Marie Packer

16 May 2017

Muddy Puddles supports not only children with bowel and bladder issues ebut their families. This sense of community, belonging and connectedness can bring a level of support and care not currently offered in the community. Without Muddy Ouddles, these families will continue feeling isolated and unsupported. Muddy puddles is a brilliant organisation that shows true empathy and a commitment to making a difference to the lives of children with bowel and bladder problems and their families.

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Anne-Marie Packer

17 May 2017

Thank you, Anne-Marie. It is so important that we imagine what life would be like without Muddy Puddles. That way we can see the true impact of what we are doing and spread the word about how vital it is that we are supported to keep going.

Samantha Buttery

25 Apr 2017

Muddy Puddles is a fantastic connection for families who thought they were the only ones going through what they have to go through. Good luck with everything and keep up your amazing work.

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Samantha Buttery

26 Apr 2017

Thank you so much, Sam. This means a lot. As does your ongoing support.

Janet Nyland

25 Apr 2017

Such an important organisation for the children of South Australia who have chronic bowel and bladder issues who have spent months in hospital. Untill this organisation was formed these children thought they were alone and that they were the only ones that had these conditions. Now they can meet other similar children and support each other

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Janet Nyland

26 Apr 2017

Thank you so much, Janet. You have a deep understanding of what it feels like and I know this is why you have continued to believe in our mission. I deeply appreciate your support.

Rachel Kidwell

24 Apr 2017

Caring for chronically ill children is hard work, isolating and bloody frustrating. Foundations like Muddy Puddles provides connections not only for the children but for the families who care for these kids. A great initiative.

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Rachel Kidwell

25 Apr 2017

Thank you, Rachel!! And yes, it is such hard work. Thank goodness we do not have to do it in isolation anymore.

Ruth Horne

23 Apr 2017

This is a fantastic initiative. I have watched from outside this group of Mums and Dads doing so much to help their littlies deal with all the problems that are associated with bowel and bladder health. Most in the community believe wearing a "bag" is an oldies problem only but many of these littlies may have to have a bag for life and have to learn at an early age how to manage this whilst dealing with the communities lack of knowledge of what this entails. Good luck guys.

Project Owner

Lauren Fletcher-Rees > Ruth Horne

25 Apr 2017

Thank you, Ruth. Our biggest struggle is raising community awareness of these issues for our children. You are right, many people just do not realise these conditions exist. Hopefully we are successful and are able to use this as a platform to share our story.