“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.
Twenty-five years ago, Greg Martin, now 61, met with an unfortunate accident that led to several back operations which eventually left him unable to walk. For 14 years afterwards, his mother, Sylvia Martin, now 84, was his primary carer, assisting him with his day-to-day living, at times walking up four flights of stairs to his apartment to drop off his groceries or to clean his apartment. Sylvia also had her own serious health battles which left her hospitalised on and off for nearly two years during this time. Sylvia had searched for support for Greg with several agencies but was repeatedly turned away because Greg did not qualify for one reason or other.
“I couldn’t get anyone for years, then one-day I saw that a talk was being given at the library by 121 Care so I attended. After Kym (Chomley, CEO) finished talking, I told her about my circumstances and I was so relieved when she told me that they could assist Greg with his grocery shopping and house cleaning through their Emergency Fund,” Sylvia said, adding: “I was so relieved, I could have kissed her feet!”
121 Care provided Greg with emergency supports for two years. We also worked to get him onto the NDIS to the cover the expenses related to cleaning and other support requirements.
Greg is not alone in not being able find timely supports and funding when it comes to meeting guidelines and criteria of the various agencies. Earlier this year, 121 Care paid for temporary emergency accommodation for wheelchair user, David Wadge, 49, who had been living in his van in Maroochydore for nearly two years.
David has lived in his van, moving locations occasionally around the Sunshine Coast to avoid getting into strife with authorities. The reason for his circumstance is the lack of affordable accessible housing for people with disability.
“When the first lockdown happened (April 2020), I was living in the van over in a shipping container storage yard in Coolum. The police and council were aware that I lived there and mentioned to me that there was a policy to get homeless people off the street, and into emergency accommodation,” David recalled.
David did temporarily shelter at an accommodation provided in Caloundra but needed to move on after the lockdown ended. The Sunshine Coast Council has tried to assist David but it became clear that there was a lack of suitable accommodation on the Coast for people in David’s circumstance.
“When I applied, the council said that the places that are available were on the first floor of a building, only accessible by lift. In the event of a fire, I would not be able to self-evacuate so I wasn’t able to get into this accommodation, so I stayed in the van.”
We worked collaboratively with a number of agencies to source funding as well as suitable permanent shelter for David and we are happy to report that David now has NDIS funding and specialist accommodation for the long term.
Every year, we support 12-15 people living with disabilities through our emergency fund until they receive the funding or supports they need on a long-term basis if needed. Your gift will make a huge difference to someone living with a disability. To donate, please see the various ways you can listed at bottom of this page.
“Giving is not just about making a donation, its about making a difference.” – Kathy Calvin.
Reality check of people living with disabilities in our community
People with a disability, either medically diagnosed or due to an accident are often faced with many daily challenges. It can take months, sometimes years, for a person with a recently diagnosed or acquired disability to be approved for permanent funding to pay for support workers to assist them with their daily needs or to purchase mobility equipment.
Where does your donation go?
Each dollar you donate to 121 Care will go directly to provide temporary emergency support for people with a disability to assist them with in-home support or purchase mobility equipment (wheelchairs, shower chairs, hoists etc.) enabling them to live in their own home and participate in the community. Your generous donation will also help to pay for temporary in-home support to help these individuals with their daily needs for a few hours per day until permanent funding is secured for long term care.
Ways to donate
You can make your donation through any of the following:
Use secure online payment system to send through your donation. The amount will be recorded in your bank statement.
- Cheque, cash or money orders
Send to PO Box 368, Cotton Tree Qld 4558.
- Bank deposit
Name: 121 Care Inc.
Reference: Emergency Fund Donation (and your name)
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. 121 Care is registered with the ACNC and has DGR Status with the ATO.
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