Man continues late wife's charity legacy
WHILE kids danced for joy at the BUSHdance event in Leslie Park no one was smiling as wide as volunteer Andrew Dunn.
Mr Dunn first started working with the children's health scheme BUSHkids after his wife Catherine passed from a rare heart disease in 2017.
After the service had helped with their son Peter's learning difficulties, Mrs Dunn decided to get involved as a volunteer with the group's marketing.
Mrs Dunn also volunteered with the Warwick Art Gallery, where there is a wall named in her honour.
When his wife passed, Mr Dunn said his involvement with BUSHkids started by accident.
"BUSHkids needed the information which was on her computer, so it started by me sending them stuff she had done,” he said.
"Catherine had set up all the promotion templates on the computer, I just had to follow what she left.”
Following the trail his late wife had left him, Mr Dunn said his work as a 'friend of BUSHkids' is a continuation of her legacy.
"I started to do what Catherine did, I owe it to her to keep supporting BUSHkids,” he said.
"Sometimes when I'm working, it is like I am seeing through her eyes.”
Mr Dunn said the support BUSHkids provided to their son Peter's development was invaluable.
"The issues we noticed when he was younger went away after he worked with BUSHkids, it was amazing,” he said.
BUSHkids President Carlton Meyn said events like the BUSHdance help the organisation reach children within their target age.
"We only have a small window of opportunity, between the ages of 0-6, to correct developmental problems,” he said.
"Today is a lovely day for families to come together but it is also an important time for us to make them aware of the services we provide.”