Walking for Bailey

Walking for Bailey

Our story is one that those close to us know so well, but many people in our lives don't and so we want to speak up and be a part of helping make a change for our very special children.


Our son Bailey was diagnosed with Level 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder at 18 months old. We first noticed a regression in Bailey at about 14 months old and around that time a very close and dear friend of ours with many years of experience in early childhood education had come to stay with us. We had been explaining to her about some of the "funny" things Bailey had been doing for some time. She then made the hard decision to open up to us about her concerns - based on her knowledge and expertise in working with young children - with Bailey (to which we are eternally grateful) and we decided to look further into it. We immediately started adding up all the quirky things about him from the previous 12 months and any concerns we had about his development. One day I sat down and made 32 phone calls to pediatricians and autism specialists within a few hours from where we lived to try and book Bailey in for an assessment and after many hours I felt so defeated. I remember bawling my eyes out but feeling like I couldn't call a single person I knew as no one would understand the extent of my concerns. Finally I got a hold of one of the psychologists at Autism Spectrum Australia and after a brief explanation of all of Bailey's issues she felt we needed to have an assessment done immediately and booked us in for 4 months later. We had a 5 hour assessment and our diagnosis was bitter sweet. We had done enough research to know that a serious diagnosis would help us get the funding we would need to get Bailey the early intervention he needs at a very young age but it also meant our beautiful baby boy would potentially have many struggles in life that we had never foreseen for his future. Our world was literally turned upside down. 


Fast forward 7 months and we have the most gorgeous 2 year old boy in the world. However he is non verbal, struggles with every day interactions, has severe anxiety, sleeping issues, sensory issues and a global development delay. Our day to day - while there are many highs - is a struggle. He currently undergoes regular physiotherapy for low muscle tone, speech therapy, occupational therapy and works alongside an early childhood educator to work on everyday goals.


Being a mum of someone with autism has been so much harder than I could have ever imagined, but I've never been so motivated to help anyone so much in my life. Our babies don't have anything wrong with them, their brain's just work differently from neurotypical people and they are so special in their own way. But they do individually need assistance and help in many different areas including learning and education, speech, behavioural, emotional support and beyond and without the right support this is not possible. 


Therefore..


We’ve stepped up to Walk for autism to help create a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind.


We’ll be challenging myself to walk 10,000 steps a day for 8 days while raising much needed funds to support people on the autism spectrum.


An estimated 1 in every 70 people is on the autism spectrum. Along with their family members, this means autism is a part of daily life for over a million Australians.


People on the autism spectrum see, hear, feel and experience the world differently. For many, simply coping with the everyday can lead to confusion, anxiety and isolation.


By coming together and taking action, we can help provide opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate, engage and thrive in the world around them.


Help make our steps count and show your support by donating today!

Thank you to our Sponsors

$500

Anonymous

$261

Jess And Brenden

Love the Samuels

$209

Kristy Jones

So much love for our gorgeous Bailey Boy xx

$209

Social Status

$176

Anonymous

$115

Davison Building

Legends Bell and Dave !

$115

Bella Quinn

$115

Damon Burrows

What a great cause. Get into those steps Bell. I can’t wait to meet little Bailey x

$104

Jess & Tim Hopkins

We love you Bailey Boy ❤️

$104

Leana Malone

Love you guys x

$104

Diana Jones

$104

Tayla And Michael

We Love You Bailey

$100

Doug Emma Brooks Halle

Love to you all from the Hawtrey Smiths

$100

Mcgeachies

Go Bel...! Great cause and look forward to seeing you smash your target.

$100

Sheila Davies

$84

Anonymous

$65

Mindset Mastery Nlp

Keep flying the flag my friend :) You are amazing x

$63

Karen Z

Love you guys. Always thinking of you and sending love xxx

$63

Ryan Lawrence

Good luck smashing out the kms!

$63

Emma Hawtrey Smith

What an amazing effort, sending lots of love xx

$63

Ben Eder Corporation

Good luck with the fund raiser

$63

Roux Williams

$63

Kat Pether

Bailey is such a lucky boy to be surrounded by you guys and have you as his Mumma xx

$63

Naomi Roberts

<3

$63

Brett And Joanna Dicker

$63

Beck Lomas

Love my Bailey-Boy ❤️

$63

Love, Bobbie

💙💙💙

$63

Frances Ryan

We love you all

$63

De-anne Baily

It’s not an easy journey as we have been through similar but any small milestones and achievements feel amazing to celebrate. Your son is so lucky to have you helping him along the way. Thanks for fundraising for a great cause!

$60

Cassie Dipper

For beautiful Bailey-Boy and his strong, amazing family. xx

$60

Sarah Jeffrey

All the best Bella! Xx

$52

Elle

Your an amazing Mumma Bel. Bai is so lucky to have you and Dave! Lots of love!! Xxx

$52

Wendy & Keith

$52

Shannon Lewis

Xx

$52

Lindsay Jackson

Awesome Bella, Bailey will be so proud of his mum!

$52

Matt Sharp

$52

Carla Mcmahon

😘

$52

Kelly Young

XxxxX

$52

Anonymous

❤️❤️

$52

Kristy Jones

$52

Jodie ??

Bella and Dave, mum has been keeping me in the loop on what’s been happening with little Bailey as has Aunty Ann, my thoughts are with you guys and your doing a fabulous job!! I worked with a little boy from 14mths until he was 4 with the exact same as Bailey so I get it!! Xx

$52

Aimee Narayan

Love aims xxx

$52

Karyn Graham

$52

Cody Williams

Lots of love xxx

$52

Keira Ryan

$52

Aria Adams-wilcox

$52

Jen And Aj

💙💙

$52

Bren & Jb

Such a great cause! Sending big love xxx

$50

Sarah Hammersley

$50

Alana

Love you and your beautiful fam bam xxx

$50

Angelina Lee

Inspirational family creating awareness xx

$37

Trudy

Great cause & awareness! Go you guys!! 🙌🏽

$37

Andrea Davies

Good on you Bella. Good luck

$37

Lauren Proust

Amazing cause and beautiful boy xx

$37

Sam Mileto

Beautiful fam and such a great organisation <3

$37

Alia + Spud

All the best to your beautiful family💛

$37

Anonymous

$37

Peta Ellen Parker

Good luck Bella xx

$37

Kevin Hargrave

$37

Quinny

Love you Bai Bai.

$35

Ash And Joel Howick

Much love to you and your family xx

$26

Anonymous

$25

Anonymous

$21

Lauren Mcbride

$21

Robi Robinson

💙

$21

Jackie Sharp

Go Bel - Bailey is a lucky boy to have such an amazing Mum.

$21

Natasha Henry

Awesome Work !!!

$21

Amy Richard

🤍🤍🤍

$21

Madison White

Beautiful boy, and so lucky to have you as his mama ❤️❤️

$21

Erin Wilkinson

$21

Britt

Heart breaks reading this from you Bella. Bailey is lucky to have a family so onto it with supporting him and who have picked up on it so early. Love xx

$20

Cheryl Steeden

$10

Bernadette Girlich

$5

Lauren Smith

Goodluck bel