The Disability Trust has been providing aids and equipment to children with disabilities in the Illawarra through Kids Fund when there is no other source of funding available since 1998. The fund relies 100% on community donations and utilises an inter-organisational allocation committee to review, prioritise and approve all applications. Over the last year, fifty-eight applications were approved totalling $160,011 of equipment.
Excitingly, Kids Fund purchased two “all-terrain” wheelchairs from the proceeds of the 2015 Wests Illawarra “Time of Your Life” Gala Night. The wheelchairs have given two local families who wanted to access the beach with their children new freedom, where previously using standard wheelchairs this was not possible. The difference this made to their lives inspired The Trust to purchase a third chair that can be loaned out so that no child will need to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the beach and the surf.
January 18, 2017
Fundraising & Events