Impact and achievements
The work of the 4K has benefited large portions of the community in the Wingecarribee Shire. Over the 33 years of operation, monies raised have assisted numerous organisations, schools, individuals, and families. The 4K has also founded and continues to fund a number of impactful community programs for young people.
Examples of the organisations assisted include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Shepherd Centre, Childflight, Clown Doctors, and Camp Quality.
The 4K works with and funds the Bradman Foundation on its Coverdrive Program which shares coaching expertise, resources, and facilities at Bradman Oval to provide sporting opportunities to children who require support, socially, mentally, and physically.
Coverdrive ensures that the critical weekly sessions can be provided to those students in need from Moss Vale and Bowral High Schools. The program provides opportunities for special needs kids to experience the thrill of achieving a sporting goal. Whether it is as simple as kicking a football, taking a catch, hitting a tennis ball, or hitting a boundary, the joy of participation and celebration is infectious and enjoyable for all involved.
The 4K is also a significant funder and partner of the ASDESI Program (Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support and Information). ASDESI is a support program providing services to families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provided by Interchange Australia. The ASDESI program was initiated by the 4K and provides a range of services for families caring for a young person (up to the age of 18 years of age) with ASD.
Services are tailored to the individual needs of each family and include the following:
Parent and Carer Information and Education Parents and carers meet with our trained educators, either individually or in a group setting. We then support parents and carers to gain information, build strategies, and develop support networks.
Social Support Groups Developing social skills is often challenging for young people on the spectrum. Our individualised social groups support the development and practice of appropriate and relevant social skills.
Case Management ASDESI recognises the highly individual nature of children with ASD. Case Management identifies the strengths, challenges, and circumstances of each family so that effective services can be individually planned.
Educational Courses Young people with ASD may need particular types of training to help them learn how to manage day-to-day life. The ASDESI skills-based courses are designed to give young people skills they can practise at home and at school, making everyday life more manageable and understandable.
Autism Spectrum Disorders ASDs make up a group of developmental disorders which are characterised by varying degrees of impairment in Social Interaction Communication Restrictive and repetitive behaviour patterns.