Perrine Bridge Festival: Helping Kids With Special Needs
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Perrine Bridge Festival is about raising awareness and money for children in the Magic Valley who have special needs.
"I run into parents that say thank you so much my daughter needed more speech therapy or a ramp into their house and we didn't know how we were going to do it an somebody told me about the fund and thank you so much," said Nikki Daisher.
The fund, Perrine Bridge Festival founder, Nikki Daisher is talking about is the Children With Special Needs Fund.
And, it's the reason Daisher started the festival.
"I'm an occupation therapist. I work with kids with special needs here in the local area and I just really felt like we needed a little extra funds for those families and those kids," said Daisher.
"Yeah! I love Twin Falls! Woohoo! See ya!” said Miles Daisher, BASE jumper.
The idea for the festival began seven years ago when world famous BASE jumper Miles Daisher set a world record jumping off the Perrine Bridge.
"My husband set a world record for the most human powered BASE jumps in a day," said Daisher.
One of the most unique attractions in twin falls has helped raise more than $150,000 for children with special needs in our community.
"I think for a lot of people the draw is to come out and sit and just watch the jumpers go," said Daisher.
But, for the families of children with special needs it's about so much more.
"The foundation has really helped him. He has a bennick that was purchased through this foundation, which helps him to keep his upright position," said Carol Kitt, mother of child with special needs.
"From this program alone we have been so richly blessed to be able to be involved in things that otherwise would not have financially. Hippotherapy has be a joy to us," said Janet Helms, mother of child with special needs.
Those are just a few of the one–hundred plus children who have benefited from the annual fundraiser.
The event featured a run, bike paddle, a carnival for the kids and a kids fun run just to name a few.
The event happens each year on the second weekend in September.