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Families of a son, daughter or parent with a disability will benefit from an $8,000 funding boost awarded to the Wheels for Hope program from Slater and Gordon Lawyers’ Community Fund.
The fund supports community initiatives which help people with disease or disability; promote healthy living for young people; or address inequality and the disadvantaged.
Wheels for Hope, based in Joondalup, provides loan wheelchair hoist vehicles to WA families covering the ongoing costs for licensing, insurance, service and maintenance – the only expense to the family is fuel.
Joondalup personal injury lawyer Jacinta O’Connor said the group was chosen from more than 150 grant applications by not-for-profit groups and was one of five recipients during the April round of funding across Australia.
“Wheels of Hope, the only program of its kind in Australia, has a significant impact on the lives of Western Australian families living with a disability,” she said.
“This innovative community group buys and reconditions second-hand vehicles getting them ready to loan to families in need.
“This $8,000 grant will fund the running costs of two vehicles, meaning that two WA families can have the loan vehicle available to them for another year.
“It is great to see an organisation like Wheels for Hope developing such an inspiring and beneficial community program that will benefit Western Australian families in need.”
Wheels for Hope foundation manager Jodie Sparks said the funding would enable two WA families to continue to have the gift of mobility.
“Where it may have been very difficult or impossible to transport a family member to medical appointments, community events or to visit friends and family, a modified vehicle opens up a range of opportunities to engage in activities others may take for granted,” Ms Sparks said.
“Over 60 Western Australian families have had their lives enhanced through mobility through the Wheels for Hope since its commencement in 2008.
“The funding from Slater and Gordon is significant in assisting to help us maintain and grow our service to meet the ever-increasing demand.”
Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund was sourced from the firm’s Staff Giving Program which provides employees of the firm with the opportunity to donate a portion of their wages to a fund.
The firm also contributes money towards the fund, with organisations able to apply for a grant ranging between $2,500 and a maximum of $10,000.