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Help Ellashae find her voice

Bree Clifton with three-year-old Ellashae who has autism.
Bree Clifton with three-year-old Ellashae who has autism. Blainey Woodham

RAISING a child with autism is one of the toughest plights imaginable.

But Bree Clifton has the mettle and the love to do it.

Ms Clifton's daughter Ellashae is just three-years-old.

"She cannot tell her parents she loves them," said friend, Sally Gregory.

"Ellashae is much loved."

Family, friends and kind community members will join the Electrik Lemonade Band and some members of the Titans at a barefoot bowls, raffle, and groovy dancing fund raiser this Sunday, April 15 from 3pm at the Robina Bowls Club.

"No one person can do everything, but everyone can do something to help," Ms Gregory said.

"So let's see what we can do to help a little girl find her voice."

Ellashae is not a functional three-year-old.

"She doesn't talk, she can't dress herself, she is still in nappies and has no concept of toileting," said her mum.

"She doesn't know how to play with toys, point or interact with others.

"It's hard to take her to the shops or out anywhere due to her continual screaming and emotional outbursts.

"We've tried many treatments and therapies at the cost of thousands of dollars.

"But to our despair, there were no improvements.

"We have been so blessed and lucky to get Ellashae into a special school for ASD kids (Little Souls Taking Big Steps).

"This school provides one-on-one therapy unlike any other and has been life changing for so many children and their families."

The school has a high price tag of $45,000 a year which most families cannot afford.

"I believe that this school is Ellashae's last and only chance for recovering to live a normal fulfilled self functional life." Ms Clifton said.

The fundraiser includes a sausage sizzle, live music, raffles and auctions of the bigger prizes.

Any financial donations would be greatly appreciated.

If you can help or assist in any way or would like to know more about Ellashae, her school or the fundraiser please phone Bree on 0404 203 532 or email bbclifton@gmx.com.

Topics:  autism, fundraiser



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