KAMAROOKA mother Anne Tiplady is putting rare chromosome disorders in the spotlight.
Ms Tiplady’s three-year-old daughter Evie was born with extra genetic material and as a result has a delayed mental development.
Ms Tiplady is determined to create awareness about rare chromosome disorders and hosted a trivia fund-raising night at the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday.
“We raised $6700,” she said.
“It was fantastic. I thought we’d maybe get $4000 at a push but we had some pretty big donations from companies.”
Ms Tiplady said the event had exceeded her expectations.
“We would have had about 95 people turn up,” she said.
“We had 120 seats but I honestly didn’t think we’d fill that. I thought we’d probably only get about 60 or something so it was really, really good. The money raised will be split between the Australian Rare Chromosome Awareness Network and Dup 15 Q Alliance.
“A big thanks to everyone who supported the event.”
Ms Tiplady said a recent report published in the Bendigo Advertiser had helped better connect families in similar situations.
“It was fantastic because we’ve actually been able to make contact with other parents of kids that have rare disorders,” she said.
“So that’s been really, really great.
“They felt like they were alone because they were told there was only places in the UK and US.
“But there actually are organisations in Australia now that can help so that was really, really good.
“And just getting awareness out there that unfortunately these kids don’t have much a voice and no government funding or anything right now.”