What’s going on at The Retreat?

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People often say global pandemics are a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event. This pandemic is certainly testing us in many ways, with our biggest hurdle being the challenge of bringing new children to Australia for surgery when our borders remain shut.

While we continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to obtain compassionate medical exemptions to travel to Australia for the most critical of our cases, we find ourselves in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ situation of our own.

With Christina soon to be the only child at The Retreat, we will become temporary (almost) empty nesters! And so, we are doing what most empty nesters do … undertaking some essential and much-needed works and maintenance to the building.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to do all the jobs we’ve always wanted to, like painting, upgrading the bedrooms and sprucing up the communal areas. These are jobs that are just too difficult to do with a house full of kids, and a jam-packed schedule of medical appointments, rehabilitation, and physiotherapy,” says Deb Pickering, our Retreat Manager.

These much-needed upgrades and works will bring The Retreat up to a suitable and comfortable standard to welcome the onslaught of children when things start to get back to normal.


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