It is not often that I am privileged to meet what I would describe as a modern day saint, but this is exactly how I felt when I met Nicky Belous at a Rotary Club function earlier this year.
Nicky is the principal of the Currumbin Community Special School, responsible for the education and special care of students with a diagnosed moderate to severe intellectual disability and possibly additional disabilities of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, vision impairment, hearing impairment and physical impairment.
Under her guidance and leadership the school prides itself on developing unique and innovative programs to meet the diverse learning needs of all their students, and in supporting and encouraging creativity and innovation.
And this leads to the reason for this blog. As all of us do I am very stirred by images of children in dire need, mostly not on Australian soil, and I think this is an instance where I decided hand on heart that my charity should begin at home, and home is what I call Australia.
Nicky’s quest at the Rotary function was to inform the members about the schools application for an international grant with the Rotary Club’s assistance, to purchase new and up to date equipment for the school grounds, which was in itself a revelation for me, I had no idea this specialized equipment comes at such a cost and that it requires ongoing precision maintenance to ensure safety and an extended life/use time.
The Rotary grant (if their application is successful) will cover the purchase and installation of new equipment, but not the ongoing maintenance required, so this is where I hope all my readers will support Loanezi in this unique quest. Nicky is quite determined that her pupils and staff be involved in every step of this ground breaking program, and as such I have struck on a novel idea to help the children and the school raise the required funds for the maintenance required.
The children are all participating in an art competition to select five winners. These five artworks will be transformed into five Christmas cards for which Loanezi will donate the graphics and printing. Senior students will be tasked with packaging the Christmas card pack, which will then be available for purchase from the school, students, Rotary club and Loanezi, more details to follow shortly.
Nicky, you have inspired me as I know you will my blog followers, keep up your inspirational work.
I can only echo the words of the famous educator Dr Rita Pierson who said:” Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be”, and that just highlights what I believe you are, the champion of the children, staff and parents of the Currumbin Community Special School