THE STORY BEHIND THE WHIZZER
Hello, I'm Zoë. Ready for a back-story?
I designed the Whizzer™ when my son Mayson was a toddler with a constant need for the loo!
We were constantly on the move and I drove a lot so carried around an empty takeaway cup from my morning coffee (my treat of the day) then used it for my son to pee into.
It meant that I could cover his private area with the cup, and stop any spray from getting on our shoes and clothes.
By collecting it in the cup it also stopped us from creating a yucky wee river that would trickle towards us and anyone walking through its path. Surely there had to be a solution to this common embarrassing inconvenience?!
Here is my son at the zoo beautifully demonstrating the only other option available to parents. Carrying a potty around is not ideal, feasible or dignified!
I couldn't believe that there wasn't a product that could solve my problem.
FROM PROBLEM TO SOLUTION
So, in 2014 I designed the first Whizzer.
At the time I was also nursing my terminally ill father who was bed bound so I knew my invention could be used for so much more than for toilet training toddlers.
Regrettably as a Single Mum juggling A LOT, I didn't have the time, money or support to make the Whizzer a reality. Instead I set about rebuilding our life after losing my Dad shortly after in 2015.
I assured myself I'd come back to the Whizzer one day!
determination will prevail
2020 was full of stress and unpredictability, especially for parents juggling homeschooling on top of everything else!
I decided to make this the year that would be significant for all the right reasons.
In October 2020 I had the first sample of the new Whizzer made and by Christmas I was singlehandedly juggling everything that's usually done by a team. From designing every element from packaging to promo and learning every business essential from legal protection of inventions to marketing and PR all in time to launch for pre-sale in 2021.
The launch date of the Kiddiwhizz website was 17th February 2021 to honour the 6th anniversary of my Dad who gave me the entrepreneurial flair, unstoppable determination and kind spirited dedication.
thank-you for your support
There's no hidden team or corporate funding behind the launch of this product, just a determined Single Mum with big dreams. The community that I began on social media have been the support network I owe so much to. The amazing Mums who became champions of the Whizzer after seeing how much it changed their life, have in-turn carried me through the constant struggles and set-backs while encouraging me to keep going. I will always be eternally grateful for the kindness shown by those I'd never even met.
Launching a website as an unknown inventor from the living room of a council flat was only one step of the virtually impossible task I was setting out to achieve. Making sure I could raise the funds to have the Whizzer manufactured and finding people to buy it was all part of the journey against the odds...
Whatever stage of the journey I'm on when you read this, I'll no doubt still be working tirelessly day and night to make this little idea a big success!
I plan to blog and update my journey right here on the website so check it out... You'll also find me on Instagram as that's the only platform I've managed to figure out!