Isla’s Star – 29 July 2010

Isla has her very own star. Tanya’s colleagues at the Disabilities Services Commission organised the naming of her star with the International Star Registry. The name has been registered with the US Copyright Office in Washington DC and held in the ISR’s vault in Switzerland.

Isla’s star, called Isla Elson Donegan, is easy to locate […]

Isla’s Service – 1 July 2010

Two weeks ago friends and family gathered together in the gardens at Pinnaroo Cemetery to celebrate Isla’s life and to say goodbye. The day was beautiful and the service as lovely as we could hope for. Reverend Robert Anderson, who we have known for a number of years, conducted the service. Our friends Ian and […]


Dear friends,

We are so sorry to write to you with sad news.  An email is very inadequate, but we hope you will understand.

Isla died early on Friday morning. She went very peacefully and she died in our arms. For the last six months she has been wonderful, healthy and very happy. […]

Isla’s Birthday – 17 May 2010

Isla is four!  On Sunday morning her friends came over to celebrate. Each of her friends had prepared a story or a song which they read out or sang for Isla. There was lots of fun, birthday cake and presents. Isla’s friends made her lovely cards with tactile pieces that she could feel, and she […]

Isla’s Award – 3 May 2010

Isla was one of almost one hundred very special children from across WA who recently received a Children of Courage award from the Lions Club. Isla was presented with her award and medal by two members of Australian’s Olympic rowing team, in a lovely ceremony organised by the Lions and attended by most of the […]

Isla’s Sunflowers – 16 April 2010

A few weeks ago Isla’s great uncle Nick took some photos of Isla and Sabine and entered them into a competition organised by Therapy Focus. The Symphony of Sunflowers is an event that recognises children with disabilities and encourages people to plant sunflowers in recognition of the inclusion of all children.

Nick called us last […]

Isla’s School – 21 March 2010

We are so excited that Isla has started school! She attends kindy two days a week at Carson Street School in East Vic Park. This is a local primary school for children with special needs. It has nurses and therapists on staff and all the equipment needed to support children with communication and mobility difficulties.


Isla’s New Bus – 4 March 2010

As Isla has grown heavier and taller it has been getting difficult to lift her in and out of her car seat. Our plan for 2010 was to purchase a modified vehicle that can take a wheelchair. Isla’s OT applied to the Motor Industry Foundation, who have a small number of vehicles which they loan […]

Isla’s new website – 27 February 2010

Sorry it’s been such a long time since our last update. We have taken the opportunity in the meantime to update Isla’s website.  Now we can write blog entries from home, so it will no longer be so long between posts.

We’d like to thank Peter Herrington for the amazing work he did setting up […]

Isla’s Day

Sabine gives Isla a super hug.