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Our Story

Oscars100 is an organisation committed to improving the lives of children living with Autism.

Our son Oscar was diagnosed with Autism in early 2011 thanks to the bravery of his kindergarten teacher Sue who suggested to us that it would be in Oscars best interest to have him evaluated. While Sue never inferred Oscar showed signs of having Autism she did notice traits that differentiated him from other kids in his group. We will never be able to thank Sue enough for having the courage in her convictions to make us aware of her concerns. Without Sue, Oscars Autism may have gone undiagnosed for who knows how long?

While shocked at Oscars initial diagnosis of Autism, both my wife and I decided to act straight away and enrol Oscar into private therapy to begin to understand what we were dealing with and how we can best manage it to give Oscar every opportunity in the world. Luckily for us we had money saved for home renovations that we could use to pay for this therapy.

Oscar was enrolled into speech and occupational therapy first. This therapy continued for four months along with a succession of paediatrician and  psychology sessions until we received the final diagnosis that Oscar was a child living with Autism. Over this period of time we had racked up bills in excess of $5000.

Unfortunately not every family is in a financial position to be able to put their child through private therapy. While the Government Funded System is fantastic and full of some of the most caring and helpful people, they are extremely over worked and under resourced. Financial assistance from the Government is provided, and is substantial, but can take upwards of 18 months to receive. As early intervention is the key to living with Autism this delay in funding can be crucial to the child’s development.

Since Oscars diagnosis he has come a long, long way. While he may always face challenges through life, he already has a loving network of friends and family who are always there to get him through. What he has been able to learn over the past months has been inspiring and as a result we wanted to use this inspiration to help other families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To do this each year Oscars100 will participate in various endurance events that push people out of their comfort zone and test their mental strength, something these kids have to deal with everyday. By participating in these events we hope to inspire everyday people to join us who will assist in fundraising with all money raised redirected to autism organisations, such as Amaze (Autism Victoria) and Irabina, that provide so much support to autistic children and importantly their families.

We invite you all to join us as we strive to make a difference for these kids.

“We can all make a difference. It doesn’t matter how big or small
the difference may seem to us because for those who we do it
for it may mean the world.”

– Andrew Payne

 

Awesome People with Awesome Endurance raising money to help support Awesome Kids

Andrew and Michelle Payne