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congratulations vinnie!

When I was contacted by Ronald McDonald Family Room Wodonga program co-ordinator Karen Trenchard and to join the program I was super keen to get involved. Congratulations VInnie, you are destined for great things!

Ronald McDonald House Wodonga recently hosted a special achievement party for Shepparton’s Vinnie Scott, 12, who participated in the charity’s learning program.

When Vinnie was nine, he discovered he had two brain tumours and needed treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

His mother Nancy Conte said Ronald McDonald House Charities was an amazing initiative that had helped their family a great deal.

‘‘If it wasn’t for them we would’ve really suffered,’’ she said.

Because Vinnie missed a lot of school he was able to participate in its learning program and recently completed 40 hours of tutoring, a milestone that was celebrated on Saturday at the Shepparton North McDonald’s along with his friends and family.

‘‘It was really hard for Vinnie to keep it together at school because he was hardly ever there,’’ Ms Conte said.

Now back at St Brendan’s Primary School, Vinnie is looking forward to starting secondary school next year.

Ms Conte said he was doing well health wise and had managed not to slip behind in school because of the program.

‘‘It’s an amazing program,’’ she said. ‘‘It gave Vinnie one-on-one time where he could tell the tutor things he didn’t understand.’’

The learning program is currently helping more than 1200 children across Australia each week catch up on missed education following long hospital stays and absence from school because of a serious illness.

Ronald McDonald Family Room Wodonga program co-ordinator Karen Trenchard said the learning program was often the first step towards normalcy for seriously ill children and their families. ‘‘I’m incredibly proud of Vinnie, who has participated in the learning program,’’ she said.


Sionnie Kelly

November 03, 2016