By Justin Flynn
An anonymous local business has promised to chip in the final $10,000 of the $50,000 needed for a very special gift to a young Ocean Grover.
But first there is still a long way to go.
About $8000 has been raised for Emma Falzon, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and functions as a nine- to-12-month-old.
The money is needed to buy a new car for mum, Sarah Fuller, so that it can be fitted out for the necessary requirements to lift Emma in and out from her new wheelchair.
The NDIS is able to modify certain cars to allow wheelchair users to travel in their chair, but Sarah’s current car is not suitable.
The NDIS will pay for the required work to modify a car, but cannot help with the costs of the car.
Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club has donated $5000 to the cause and is pleading for more donations from the public.
“Emma is a lovely young lady and not having a wheelchair accessible vehicle is holding her back,” club president Grant Hull said.
“We have been in touch with a local business who has offered the last $10,000 if we can get to $40,000.
“If you’re able to help out in any way, however small, it would be greatly appreciated. Let’s help change this family’s life and give this gorgeous girl the opportunities she deserves, together.”
Sarah is a single mum on a low income and cannot buy a new car.
“I’d be able to wheel her in, straight into the car in her wheelchair and I can just push her in,” Sarah said.
“She can travel in the chair and I can just wheel her back out. At the moment I have to lift her in and out of the car, into the chair and I have to lift the chair in and out of the car. She’s only going to get bigger and heavier.
“It would make life so much easier in Emma’s transition into the community, to school, helping Emma be part of the family and it would help me physically and emotionally.”
To donate, visit: gofund.me/f1b8cf00