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Sunshine Butterflies emerge from COVID cocoon

24 September 2020

Sunshine Butterflies, a disability support organisation in Noosa, embraced the COVID-19 bubble and developed Butterfly TV to communicate and engage with their members during the recent lockdown.

Butterfly TV used an online chatroom to deliver multiple recreational programs virtually including fitness sessions, dance classes, exercise therapy, games and meditation.

Sunshine Butterflies Program Coordinator Linda Grams said the organisation had a proud history of providing a range of sport and recreation programs to its members living with a disability.

“Our Thursday Sports Days were a great chance for members to try out a new sport. We hosted everything from surfing and stand-up paddle boarding to cricket and yoga,” she said.

“Members and their families were devastated when activities had to cease during the COVID lockdown period. This physical and social outlet was sorely missed.”

Butterfly TV was the perfect fix during these unprecedented times and allowed members to continue interacting with each other through a virtual face to face experience.

“We believe that although we may have to physically distance from one another, we don’t have to socially distance. Connection is the most important thing to us all,” Ms Grams said.

Proud recipients of a COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart grant, the organisation is now turning its attention to some new post-COVID activities.

The funds will be used to develop some great new outdoor recreation programs for our members such as bushwalking and orienteering.