The SMH has started the Moin memory of Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin – the three West Australian siblings who were among those killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The personal stories of those aboard MH17 touched a chord with all Australians, but perhaps none more so than the three bright and beautiful faces of the Maslin children.
The fund and initial donation of $20,000 is the brainchild of Ms Peta Credlin,
Ms Credlin has been working with the family for the past month to establish the Foundation as a way to both honour the children's memory and help other children in the future.
Herald readers and the wider Australian community are encouraged to generously contribute to the fund. Donations to the fund can be made to The Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation: BSB: 092-009. Account: 12135-1.
It is the newspaper's hope that, together, we can create a substantial and lasting foundation to honour the memory of Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis 8, and the bravery of their parents Anthony (Maz) Maslin and Marite (Rin) Norris.
Maz and Rin want the foundation to focus on helping children with dyslexia and related learning difficulties through early childhood intervention. The hardships faced by young children with dyslexia and their families have a particular resonance for Maz and Rin because Otis had dyslexia. Find out more about Dyslexia and find library resources on the topic here.
The Australian Dyslexia Association said dyslexia was resistant to traditional teaching and regular tutoring. Individuals with dyslexia have average to superior intelligence and can learn. They just learn differently and therefore need to be taught differently.
Maz and Rin would like to work with dyslexic associations to target the foundation's efforts on early intervention activity. "What we would like to do is find a way to encourage these crazy, amazing, creative little kids to engage in school through early intervention at the earliest possible stage: four- to five-year-olds or thereabouts".
In particular, they would like the foundation to support educators to find new ways to assist children with this condition and other learning difficulties, and find fun ways children can address their own difficulties through "play". Read more @ smh.