LISTENING to Sian Williams speak is a moving experience because the 10-year-old, who stutters, does not let that hold her back.
At a Wanneroo Business Association fundraiser sundowner on Thursday, June 15 Sian impressed about 50 business representatives when she stepped up to the microphone and told them the story of her life and her charity Kidzucate.
At the end of her talk, during which her stutter was occasionally evident, she told her adult audience she had some prizes to give away.
It turned into a “pick me, pick me” response reminiscent of school days when to get a prize people had to first answer a question and just another indication of how she worked the audience to keep them enthralled.
Wanneroo Business Association business liaison officer Lauren McGee said with donations ranging from legal wills to salt therapy and accounting services, a silent auction, radio with Pirate 88 and much more, the event held at Wild West Hyundai in Wangara raised $3450.
“In addition to this, Wanneroo Business Association is donating the first month membership (value of $27) for all new members that join in June straight to the same cause, so this amount is set to rise,’’ she said.
Kidzucate reaches out and delivers programs in the community to empower children and provide them with support and knowledge.
Director Azelene Williams said she was overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the support from the business community.
The funds raised will go towards the development of the Kidzucate’s Starfish Advocacy Project’s Starfish Advocacy Packs.
Mrs Williams said bullying was a big issue in the community and that Kidzucate gave children the opportunity to take part in Take-A-Stand Against Bullying.
The Kidzucate Starfish Advocacy Packs provide advocacy material for children aged between six and twelve.
The Take-A-Stand Kidzucate Starfish Advocacy Project is based on the original The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley 1907 to 1977.
Sian believes helping one child at a time through a difficult time is better than doing nothing at all and that together the community could make the world happier.
The University of Sydney’s Australian Stuttering Research Centre’s website says stuttering may interfere with people’s social interactions and may lead to development of social anxiety.
“There is no doubt, however, that stuttering interferes with communication as soon as it begins in preschool children,’’ the website said.
“Sometimes, children show signs of frustration about their stuttering soon after onset.
“More commonly, school-age children report feelings of embarrassment about stuttering when answering questions or reading aloud in class.”