ThinkFragileXGalaDinner

Valmec proudly supports the 2016 Think Fragile X Gala Dinner

March 2016

On Saturday 27 February 2016, the Think Fragile X Foundation hosted their third gala dinner in the Astral Ballroom at Crown Perth. Valmec were proud to be an ‘Xtraordinary Partner’ for the evening. More than 500 guests filled the ballroom and enjoyed a fantastic night of good food and entertainment whilst gaining a small insight into what parents and their children living with Fragile X Syndrome go through every day.

For this event, the Think Fragile X Foundation partnered with Guide Dogs WA and Telethon Kids Institute to help launch the Buddy Dogs for Kids Program in WA, which will make a profound difference to children living with disabilities. The Guide Dogs WA "Buddy Dogs for Kids” Program is focused on improving the quality of life for the families of these children with the program focusing on Assistance, Companion or Therapy dogs for children.

Think Fragile X Foundation is an independent not for profit organisation that aims to raise awareness of Fragile X Syndrome ('FXS') through increased community education, social and charitable events. 100% of all profits from fundraising events are then donated to nominated charities which support children with FXS and other intellectual disabilities. Luke and Maria Goss set up the Think Fragile X Foundation in late 2013 after both their young sons, Ethan and Logan were diagnosed with FXS.

FXS is a genetic condition causing intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. FXS is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known genetic cause of Autism.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from attendees, corporate and individual sponsors, an amazing $215,430 was raised on the evening. This generous support will help launch the Buddy Dog for Kids program and provide essential items such as the purchase of dogs specific to the Assistance Dog program, a purpose built vehicle to transport dogs, specialist trainers and a purpose built training room.

If you would like to get involved and help make a difference to those living with FXS, or find out more about FXS, please visit www.thinkfragilex.com.au. All monies raised are donated to a charity who can help change the lives of so many families. For more information on Guide Dogs WA (https://www.guidedogswa.com.au/) or the Telethon Kids Institute (http://telethonkids.org.au/) please visit their websites.

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