Change in the wind…Ksafekids

Dear Ksafekids Supporters,

I write to advise you that, following a review of the current Ksafekids program at a recent meeting of the Board of Katrina Sparkle Inc. (KSparkle) the difficult decision was reached to discontinue offering the Paediatric First Aid courses.

In arriving at this decision, the Board acknowledged the huge contribution made by Simon over the past 15 months as an honourable and meaningful legacy to his sister Katrina who died nearly 7 years ago. Simon conceived the idea and with the support of the Board established the program and personally selected and worked with qualified trainers provided by Survive First Aid to ensure the successful delivery of more than 30 courses around Melbourne. The courses have proved to be very popular and extremely well received as evidenced by our positive feedback reports.

In aligning the safety of babies and young children to core values enshrined in the purposes of KSparkle, the Board is proud that there is now an increased awareness in the community of some of the first aid issues facing those responsible for the care of babies and young children. Simon is to be congratulated on his dedication and commitment to the program and the Board wishes to place on record its appreciation for his considerable efforts, expertise and time devoted to developing the program.

In reaching the decision to discontinue the Ksafekids program, the Board (including Simon) took into consideration the following:

* The limited resources available to support growing the program to deliver a sustainable financial and social return relative to time taken up (especially by Simon) in running the program

* The increasing costs of insurance required when offering the program (despite using the services of highly trained and qualified individuals) to ensure that the Board could continue to attract and retain independent and dynamic Board members fully committed to the program without concerns for their risk exposure in the delivery of the KSafekids program to the community.

* The challenges of the Board (mainly family) in balancing quality family time with the increasing personal demands considered necessary to ensure the ongoing delivery of the program as part of a not for profit enterprise and ensuring its sustainability into the future.

*That there are alternative ways of fundraising and achieving the objectives of Katrina Sparkle Inc (that may include the continued use of the name of Ksafekids as a registered business name of KSparkle) without the risk exposure and time demands inherent in the current program.

Notwithstanding the above reasons the program has been a great success and many lessons have been learnt. The KSparkle Board would like to sincerely thank Survive First Aid and all those associated with the Ksafekids program for your efforts, enthusiasm, support and assistance throughout the past 15 months as we successfully established a program that delivered substantial benefits to members of the community.

We will continue to raise money to support the mission of Katrina Sparkle reflecting the core values she held so dearly. Kindly confirm if you wish us to keep you informed of any upcoming events.

Once again sincere thanks to you all – it is great that as a result of Simon’s efforts and all those who supported him not only are there now over 300 parents and carers better informed about issues of baby and toddler care but that we will be able to provide funds to (1) purchase a much needed item of neonatal lifesaving equipment here in Victoria and (2) continue to support our partners and friends in their work in rebuilding and providing medical support to the women and children of Nepal.

Should you have any queries regarding Katrina Sparkle of KSafekids, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0400 044 257 or email:

Thank You
Yours sincerely,

Rob Hastings
Chairman, KSparkle Fund