Donate to Our Emergency Fund

“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:

  1. Online

Use secure online payment system to send through your donation. The amount will be recorded in your bank statement.

  1. Cheque, cash or money orders

Send to PO Box 368, Cotton Tree Qld 4558.

  1. Bank deposit

BSB: 014-650

Account: 1109-11032

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.

ABN: 88 788 489 515 

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121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.

Robert, a client since 2014

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2019-10-25T16:34:32+10:00

Robert, a client since 2014

121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.
The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.

Casey, a client since 2013

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2019-10-25T16:40:12+10:00

Casey, a client since 2013

The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.
What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.

Anne, a client since 1997

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2019-10-25T16:42:14+10:00

Anne, a client since 1997

What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.
I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.

David, a client since 1999

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2019-10-25T16:43:06+10:00

David, a client since 1999

I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.
Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

David, parent of a client

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2020-02-28T10:37:45+10:00

David, parent of a client

Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life.


Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

Jo Priestly, Client Services Manager (retired 2019)

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2020-02-28T10:44:02+10:00

Jo Priestly, Client Services Manager (retired 2019)

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life. Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.

SA, Senior Reportable Incidents Office, NDIS Commission

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2020-02-28T10:47:43+10:00

SA, Senior Reportable Incidents Office, NDIS Commission

Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.
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