Photo Credit: Red Balloon Foundation

Neurological rehabilitation can be costly and there are many children in South Africa in need; the Red Balloon Foundation is raising funds to support eight underprivileged children with ongoing therapy for the year.


South Africa (01 September 2021) – The Red Balloon Foundation was founded in memory of little Maxim Harvie who would have turned 8-years-old next month. The foundation honours his memory by providing Neurological rehabilitation to underprivileged children.

Maxim was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment shortly after his birth. Maxim’s mother Antoinette Harvie quickly found ways to make his life as comfortable as possible and went to the USA where she trained in the Anat Baniel Method of NeuroMovement.

Sadly, Maxim passed away from kidney failure on the 1st of September 2016, just a month before his 3rd birthday. Antoinette poured her grief into honouring Maxim by helping disadvantaged children. She used her NeuroMovement training to help others and launched the foundation in memory of her precious boy, Maxim.

Photo Credit: Red Balloon Foundation

Today, Antoinette and her fellow Red Balloon Foundation team kicked off their 2021 fundraiser to honour Maxim for what would have been his 8th birthday. Their hope is to raise the funds needed to support 8 children with Neurological rehabilitation.

Neurological rehabilitation can aid children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, Stroke, Brain Injury, and Genetic Disorders.

Very often the disruption due to trauma, illness, genetic or metabolic condition, autism, or undiagnosed developmental disorders derails the brain from its spontaneous process of growing and learning. The Anat Baniel Method of NeuroMovement is a science-based approach that is very gentle, using movements and the 9 Essentials that help your child’s brain to wake up and grow, learn and evolve.

Since the foundation was started in 2017, they have hosted 836 1-on-1 Neurological Rehab sessions, hosted 9 workshops and aided 48 parents and caregivers with coaching.

Throughout this month leading up to Maxim’s birthday, The Red Balloon Foundation will be highlighting the stories of each of their warrior children undergoing rehabilitation. You can stay up-to-date via their Facebook page here.

If you would like to support this incredible cause, you can do so via their ‘Go Fund Me’ here.

Sources: Red Balloon Foundation – Supplied
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