Jason Stanton, the man driving the Sharks Have Heart supported Skillz4me All Abilities program, has been nominated in the Westfield Local Hero awards, with the winners receiving $10,000 for their organisation.
Skillz4me is a not-for-profit charity initiative, started five years ago by Jason and his wife Sarah, that caters for families who have children with a disability.
The Sharks have been a supporter of the locally based program for many years and are excited that Jason and the Skillz4me team are amongst the competition finalists.
Skillz4me has helped over 250 families who have children with a disability, with up to 100 families attending the program weekly.
“Skillz4me is unique in that children of all abilities are welcome and the sports programs are at no cost to families,” Stanton said. “We rely heavily on donations for survival so your vote can really make a difference.”
As a result of their outstanding efforts, Skillz4Me are on a short list of six nominees with three receiving the $10,000 grant.
“This would be huge for Skillz4me,” Sharks Have Heart Program Manager Michael Vehtic said. “We do what we can in support of Skillz4me but would love all Sharks fans to get behind Jason and Sarah for the outstanding work they do by casting a vote. This grant could do amazing things for their program.”
The Skillz4me program offers families free access to therapists for their children in a fun and engaging way, the weekly sports session allowing kids to socialise and take part in activities they would otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in.
Skillz4me helps improve confidence, social skills, coordination and communication with the program bringing therapists, teachers and social workers together, all in one environment to assist families in need.
Before COVID restrictions limited the Sharks face to face interaction with community events and initiatives, a number of the NRL squad including Jackson Ferris, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Braydon Trindall were regulars at Skill4me sessions, joining in the fun and lending a helping hand where they could.
VOTE for Jason Stanton and the SKILLZ4ME ALL ABILITIES CENTRE
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