A big thank you to all our supporters

Here at START we are so grateful for the support we receive from you all. Every blog you read, Facebook post you like, and email you open is appreciated by all of us; staff and Board alike. We also greatly appreciate the support of old friends of START, being people who supported us for many years as Board members, volunteers, past team members and past clients.

In the past year in particular, we’ve also found ourselves fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of many generous donations. We understand that donating your money to START is a deeply personal way to support our work and we appreciate every contribution.

To extend our thanks to as many as possible we invited our supporters to come and meet us, hear from our SLTs and clients and meet some of the Board. We wanted a mix and mingle and also for you to be able to enjoy a tour of our building.

We had a fantastic time meeting you all and valued the opportunity to show you how much we appreciate your support.

Voon Pang, one of our SLTs, found it was “wonderful to connect with people who have been part of START’s journey, either those who were staff or board members of START or past clients or family members of clients. It reminded me of the special work we do. As a speech language therapist who predominantly does clinical work, it is reinvigorating to stay connected with the wider community to remind myself that what I do doesn’t just help the individual in front of me, but rather makes a difference to our society as a whole. Thank you!”

You, our supporters, help us in so many ways. Your support stretches so much further than a simple donation, which helps people who stutter; your support in whatever form it takes encourages us all, particularly our SLTs.

Eric Allan, our Board Chair says “I was struck by the real sense of community and warmth in the room on both occasions. People were keen to talk with each other and come together around the cause and the journey of START. Most of the people cared deeply for people who stutter. Most had a profound understanding of some of the common effects of stuttering on people’s lives and thus had a profound understanding of the importance of the work we do at START.”

We are grateful for all of the support we receive, and all the different ways in which we receive that support and encouragement. Thank you to everyone who came to one of our Supporter Functions, and if you would like to join with helping to support the work we do here at START, you can do so via Givealittle.