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Southport LIONS CLUB

Lion Club Southport-Zip It Up for Kids

We would like to thank our Southport branch of SOUTHPORT LIONS CLUB who have been wonderful in their enthusiasm and support for the Zip It UP for kids program.

In term 4-2014 -Gifted $2800. The Southport Lions Club Supported 4 of our families in participating in the Club Yicketty Yak-speech therapy group program with 50% sponsorship programs.

Term 1-2015-Southport Lions Club announced that they will be sponsoring the proceeds of their once monthly Woolworth’s-Surfer’s Paradise sausage sizzle to “Zip It Up for Kids” for the children requiring support with their speech therapy program. We need Zip It Up families to help cook sausages on Saturdays. Contact us if you are interested.

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LIONS CLUB volunteers rolling sausages at Woolworths Surfers Paradise and supporting our Zip It Up for Kids community…they know how to put the money where the mouth is raising funds for speech impaired kids

Sausage sizzle dates next dates (Saturday mornings 9 am start):

  • 7th February 2015-completed 
  • 21st February 2015-completed
  • 7th March 2015-completed
  • 21st March 2015
  • 4th April ( Easter Saturday) 
  • 18th April 2015
  • 2nd May 2015
  • 16th May 2015
  • 6th June 2015
  • 20th June 2015
  • 4th July 2015
  • 18th July 2015
  • 1st August 2015
  • 15th August 2015
  • 5th September 2015
  • 19th September 2015
  • 3rd October 2015
  • 17th October 2015
  • 7th November 2015
  • 21st November 2015
  • 5th December 2015
  • 19th December 2015

Allan & Leonie Elliott Estate

FUNDING for speech therapyIn memory of my father, Allan Elliott, who passed away the 1st June 2014. Allan served as a Flt Lieutenant for the Royal Australian Air Force and was awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for his efforts as an Electrical Engineer. I am the product of the benefit of the the RAAF and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as my choices available to me to be able to access University education as a Speech Pathologist at the University of Queensland in 1989 where supported by my father servicing for Australian which included participation in the Vietnam War. His life was shortened on this planet due to his self-sacrifice, however he taught me the lesson of “just do it because it has to be done, Trini. The world doesn’t owe you a living.

When Dad died, Mum wanted to be the first to support a child through the Club Yicketty Yak Program through the Zip It Up for Kids sponsorship funnel and contributed $1200 from Dad’s estate which gave Eric a chance for 30 hours of group therapy and amazing leaps forward were seen based on their contribution.

I will miss you Dad, but I know your behind me and my family every leg of the way.

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About Zip It Up For Kids

Miss Mary Mouth, our Speech Pathologist character at “Once Upon a Time Therapy” being part of our Phonic All Star series, is tired of the lip service from years of limited financial support when it comes to helping children who struggle with impairments affecting their speech, listening, language and literacy skills.

She understands the great benefit that speech therapy offers in helping these children to learn to develop and even correct their challenges. Written and spoken communication are so vital for a child to make their way not only through their education at school but also in finding their way to employment when they finish school. Unemployment, poor self esteem and reduced life choices are frequent end products of this limited support.

It is also known that 70 % of people who are in jail are illiterate which highlights the impact that this can have on the community.

What are the goals of Zip It UP for Kids?

1Community awareness for communication impairment

Zip It Up for kids has a goal to educate the public of the extensive role of Speech Pathologist working in a range of areas that involve communication. We don’t only work with people who lisps or stutter as many may think. Nor are we limited to teaching “How Now Brown Cow” as elocutionist. Speech Pathologists hold a 4 year university degree or Masters equivalent qualifications in the fields that extend from training in anatomy, physiology, psychology, linguistic, audiology and neuroscience. This means they have the capability for diagnosing and developing correction programs for a range of communication impairments that are impacting on an individuals ability to speak (the pronunciation of speech sounds in words) , comprehend and process speech (auditory processing), construct language to express ideas and to read and write.

2Sponsorship support for corrective therapy

“As an experienced Speech Pathologist providing 20 years support to the Gold Coast region I have watched these individuals continue to be the ones who miss out on funding support when they have correctable conditions that impact on their academic and personal lives significantly. In short, they are often the easiest to correct in therapy.  This support goes a long way for these children as they reach their academic milestones and the long run of this can be a direct impact on their employment choices. This must be considered given the amount of support that is provided for people at the other end of society based on being unemployed due to communication and learning impairment. It has been frustrating to what these children miss out on this due to families being spread so thin financially to be required to fund this support. It is not a quick fix-but does require step by step layers of therapy over months and sometimes years…but kids that get the support make remarkable improvements and this is life changing for them.”

(Katrine Elliott-Speech Pathologist-“Once Upon a Time Therapy)

There are many conditions being funded that currently have no CURE… that by all means needs the support, however, what the public should know is that speech and language impairments have a cure. Speech therapy! So this is the driving force under Zip It Up for Kids.

Medicare will not achieve the goals

Presently, children with complex speech and language impairments are supported by medicare with a partial payment of $52 for 5 speech therapy sessions per calendar year to support the correction of conditions that require multiple sessions weekly over months to many years.

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Miss Mary Mouth supports Zip It up for kids

Miss Mary Mouth is interested in supporting children with speech impairments and wants to put the money where the mouth is and give little stars the chance to shine.

She is prepared to go through the ZIP IT UP challenge if it means raising funds to help kids achieve their communication goals.


How do I get involved in the Zip It Up challenge?

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Zippy…has his Zip closed and is being silent to understand what it is like to not be able to communicate.

If you want to be involved in the ZIP IT UP for kids challenge it just takes wearing a ZIP and choosing whether you are going to “Zip It Up” for the day and to not speak or to “Have a Chat” and to be able to speak.

You decide on the time for your silence-whether this is an hour, a morning or a day. However, do remember that at the end of the Zip It UP experience- you get to choose to speak again normally. Children with speech impairments affecting their intelligibility to make their message understood … don’t. We should all be grateful for our ability to communicate and support those that do not have this natural capability.

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Chatty is our Zip that you wear if you need to speak during the day-but still want to be involved.





The Zip It UP process

If you or your workplace want to be involved in this worthy and necessary program to raise funds and awareness for communication impairment then enter your details in the email collection porthole to the left. You will then receive information of how you can be involved which will involve us sending you your own ZIP IT UP or HAVE A CHAT package to get started. It’s simple…enter your details….receive your ZIP and get spreading the message the way that works-the ZIP IT UP way !!!!! Taking the experience is everything. Children’s packs are being developed and will be soon available for sponsorship for individuals and classrooms. Watch this space as we set our ZIP ARMY out to work and see how far these little blokes can take this.

The transparent distributions of the Zip It UP funds

Optimal Communications has chosen to take this mission on independently as a method of raising funds and delivering them directly to the community members who need these services. This is not a non-profit organisation but is an organisation that really cares about making differences and reaching the children and adults that require the support. The funds raised are to be managed in a transparent and disciplined way in a manner that minimises spending other than for it’s specific purpose being to support individuals with communication impairment. To enable this process to occur, Optimal Communications has volunteers to have transparent banking statements and distribution of support packages as evidence of goodwill and honest intentions of the value community funding received. Our goal is to get the funds directly to the children and families so they can get on with the job. If there is an implication that we have a conflict of interest…yes-you are right- we are conflicted that you are not interested in helping this very necessary support program that aims to support.

How to apply to be a benefactor of the Zip It Up support

Any individual can apply for support, however, they will require an assessment and recommendation from a Speech Pathologist  who is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Funds can be applied to a designated speech therapy treatment program, attendance at speech therapy groups or for the purchase of specialised resources and equipment recommended by a Speech Pathology directly in support of your therapy program. Specific discretion will be applied to funding individuals and circumstances that are not supported by other organisations (For example: Funding may not be available for a communication devices that could be funded by MASS funding/ Early years for Autism that is supported through FacHsia funding).