Great leap forward for The Tippy Toe Co.

Published on 16 April 2018

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Brisbane’s only ballet school for children and young people with special needs, The Tippy Toe Co., is moving to Toowong to open an inclusive activities hub, Active Eight, after winning a funding boost of $25,000 from Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World.

Renovations are underway at 80-88 Jephson Street to transform the space into Brisbane’s first one-stop NDIS health and wellbeing hub, which will offer a range of holistic and innovative therapeutic, social and extra-curricular programs for children and young people with disabilities and those living in care.

Founded by Zachary Fook, Mikayla Ivanov, and Courtney Crack whilst studying at UQ in 2013, the social enterprise dance and movement program has captured hearts across the nation and caught the eye of Wesley Mission Queensland, who will come on board to help set up the Toowong hub.

Grants help dreams come true

Co-founder Zachary Fook said The Tippy Toe Co. has worked with more than 130 Brisbane families and is a vibrant and inclusive community for families, children and young people of all abilities to come together in a supportive environment, build friendships, and achieve social, emotional and physical goals.

“Our dream for Active Eight, is to a create a space where our team can work with families and young people with disabilities to identify their aspirations and dreams and then work to make it a reality, whether that’s becoming a ballerina or building independence and participating in the community in a meaningful way,” Zac said.

“The $25,000 grant from Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World has made our dream for Active Eight become a reality, so it’s now our job to help others realise and achieve theirs.”

Sunsuper’s Executive General Manager Advice, Marketing & Growth, Michael Mulholland said the young entrepreneurs impressed the judges with their ambitious dream and solid plans to make a positive impact in Brisbane during the 2017 applications.

“Our Dreams for a Better World program allows us to do something really amazing in the community,” Michael said.

“By supporting groups like The Tippy Toe Co. we see what a difference a grant can make to changing the lives of others and the widespread impact on the community.”

A team makes light work

As part of Sunsuper’s Employee Value Proposition to improve employee wellbeing, Sunsuper offers all its employees a day to support personal growth or to give back to the community, known as a Growth Day.

On Monday 16 April, a Sunsuper team used their Growth Day to volunteer for The Tippy Toe Co and help paint their new studio.

“With Sunsuper’s help, we’re on track to open for business on April 30, 2018, as a registered NDIS provider, so keep an eye on our website for programs and times,” Zac said.

To find more volunteering opportunities visit Sunsuper’s Dream Project.

The article ‘Great leap forward for dance school for kids with disabilities’ was originally published in The Brisbane Times on 14 April 2018. 

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