Patent Attorneys Get Inventive For Kids In Pain
Ispwich Mayor Paul Pisasale officiated at the official opening of Ipswich’s only patent attorney firm, Acacia Law, who dedicated the event to raising awareness and funds for Supporting Kids In Pain Charity (SKIP).
Mayor Pisasale commented on the need for Ipswich businesses to protect their intellectual property to generate greater returns for their hard work, and the benefit of having local experts available to the Ipswich business community.
“It is good to see local community-minded local businesses. When businesses support charitable causes, the whole community benefits,” said Mayor Pisasle.
Dr Kathleen Cooke, volunteer pain specialist for SKIP said, “Chronic pain impacts 1 in 5 children in Queensland (that is over 100 000 Queensland children).”
SKIP provides a multi-disciplinary approach to chronic pain management, free to children and their families. On hearing that SKIP receives no State Government Funding, Mayor Pisasale generously pledged $1000 to SKIP, to add to the donations made by other attendees of the event.
James Warburton, an 11-year old chronic pain sufferer says of SKIP, “Before going to SKIP, I thought I was the only kid in pain all the time. It is comforting to know that I am not alone and to meet adults who understand my pain.”
“As patent attorneys, we like to be inventive about how we approach life and business. Dedicating our official Ipswich office opening to SKIP is a small way that we can demonstrate our thanks to them for all they do for children in pain, including for our own son,” said Mark Warburton, partner, Acacia Law.
“Although Acacia Law is more than a decade old, we only relocated to Ipswich 4 months ago and were recently honoured to be selected as a finalist in the Ipswich Business Awards.” said Cathryn Warburton, partner, Acacia Law.
“We appreciate the Mayor’s generosity and time in officiating our office opening and his kind words of encouragement.”
Cathryn gave an emotional and heart-felt thank you to all the SKIP volunteers who have made such a difference to the pain levels of their 11-year old son, James. “You are all heroes,” she said.
Ipswich icon, Piper Joe, delighted attendees with an impromptu rendition of “Happy Birthday” dedicated to Jules (SKIP nurse volunteer)