History

The Disability Trust established KIDS Fund in 1999 and the goal of the fund was to bring the needs of children with special needs and significant disabilities to public attention and to raise funds to provide equipment that was not available through other sources. Continued fundraising and donations allows Kids Fund to maintain the regular and timely allocation of equipment to children throughout the Illawarra.

Over the past years Kids Fund has allocated more than $1 million to over 450 families of children with special needs for items including powered wheelchairs, dynamic splints, ankle foot orthotics, support frames, walkers, positioning systems, electronic communication aids, equipment modifications and accessories.

The Disability Trust holds two major fundraisers each year – the Gala Night at Wests Illawarra and Race for Kids at Kembla Grange. Other fundraising is performed during the year in conjunction with sponsors such as Dapto Mall and community groups like Figtree Lions and Rotary Wollongong South.