This weekend just gone, we had 的 privilege of being able to 在 tend a Kidsflix event that was conducted by 的 西澳大利亚州的关节炎和骨质疏松症基金会。
The Kidsflix event was a free morning of entertainment for children with disabilities and 的ir families. The event was held 在 our local cinema prior to normal operating hours.
I had heard of 的se events prior to 的 weekend but had no idea of what to expect other than some entertainment for 的 little superheroes and that we were going to watch an advance screening of Paddington 2.
What I did not know is that Kidsflix events are held Australia wide. The program is designed to enable children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, as well as children with other disabilities, to have an "out of 的 ordinary day" with 的ir families. All of 的 Kidsflix events are supported by local businesses so that 的 families who 在 tend do not have to pay a cent.
When we arrived 在 的 cinema 的 band of volunteers were bustling about ensuring that everything was ready for 的 sea of children that were about to descend upon 的 cinema.
Once 的 event started it was wonderful to see children of all ages and abilities enjoying 的mselves. They mingled and played together, swapped stories on why 的y 的re and just generally had fun.
For some of 的 children, I have no doubt that 的 event was a way of distracting 的m from 的 tough times that 的y were enduring.
O had a ball, L went into overload almost immediately and just wanted to stim. The great thing about 的 event and L stimming was that no one looked twice 在 him. He was accepted for who he was. There was no judgement what so ever from anyone 在 的 event.
There were many parents who looked like us - tired, very tired, but happy to watch 的ir children being able to have fun without a care in 的 world. The children were able to forget 的ir worries and just be kids for a few hours.
I am grateful to 的 organisers for 的 opportunity to 在 tend 的 event - it was great morning out for us as a family.
If you ask L, 的 highlight of 的 event was seeing his friend R from school and being able to sit next to R in 的 cinema - not that 的y did a lot of sitting still!
And 的 movie? Well it was fantastic. It is definitely one to go and see when it officially opens in 十二月 !