A word from Cynthia

Holiday a mixed time for families

It feels good to return to True Colours after having a break for two weeks and to feel refreshed. Although the weather wasn't favourable to getting outside and doing things, it actually enforced a stop and 'rest time'. So for me it was spending quality time with family and friends, which meant good company, red [...]

By | January 31st, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Listening to families

This is my last blog for the year and as I think back over this time the team has certainly accomplished a lot throughout the last 12 months. There have been a number of conferences, workshops and seminars that we have attended, and presented at. It is so important to keep our professional development up [...]

By | December 20th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Huge generosity makes True Colours Long Lunch a great success

Last week the annual fundraiser the 'True Colours Long Lunch' was held at the Narrows Landing. It was a great success with feedback from those who attended that is was a hugely enjoyable day. True Colours has been reliant on this fundraiser providing funds to continue the valued work of supporting seriously ill children and [...]

By | November 7th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Challenge to gain sufficient funding to continue service

As we enter the beginning of October, I realise it is only a month away from the True Colours Long Lunch fundraiser on 1 November, Melbourne Cup Day. It is always a major event that many people enjoy and it is our main fundraiser of the year. There is a lot of preparation that goes [...]

By | September 30th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Staying resilient in the face of chronic illness

When we are faced with the unexpected in our lives, what do we do to keep some form of balance when everything around us no longer feels the same? Every day I meet with people who are faced with trying to make meaning out of the unforeseen circumstances they are experiencing. Life is full of [...]

By | August 31st, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Facing the challenge of Winter

Winter can be so isolating for families who live with children with compromised health needs. There are many viruses and bacterial infections that can put the children at risk of a life-threatening event. While many of the children who live with chronic and long term health conditions may be hospitalised over this winter season, there [...]

By | July 31st, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Parents expertise develops through necessity, not choice

I have just been reading an article called "The symptom profile and experience of children with rare life-limiting illnesses: Perspectives of their families and key health professionals" (Forbat, Malcolm, Anderson, Adams, Gibson, Hain & Morley, 2011). As I read it I am thinking of the many children and families I have cared for over the [...]

By | June 27th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Children’s rights in healthcare

As I continue with my PhD study, I am motivated to keep questioning, challenging and exploring the health care that is currently available. I have dedicated the last decade to 'listening to the voice of the child' and have felt driven to make sure that the children and young people receiving support from True Colours [...]

By | April 30th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

“There is nothing safe about this life”

It appears that the world has turned a little crazy; it is frightening to turn on the radio or TV as we brace ourselves for more bad news. As we continue to think of the people of Christchurch and now Japan I want us to remember the tragedies that may go undetected. While attending a [...]

By | March 21st, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Our hearts reach out to Christchurch

Our hearts are heavy as we think of the Christchurch people and the devastation and grief that have entered their lives in an earth shattering moment, changing their circumstances forever. We know and understand about resiliency, strength and courage and it is something I speak of a lot as I see this daily in those [...]

By | February 28th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments