4 December, 2012
Kids in Need
Re: Help with funding a vehicle ramp for our son
We are urgently seeking help to fund a special needs vehicle for our son Cadel. To date, we have been able to fundraise the majority, with help from Terranora Lakes Lions Club & other local services clubs. With the money raised so far, and with advocacy from the Terranora Lakes Lions Club, we have been able to negotiate an affordable price on a VW Caddy. We only need a further $16,100 towards installing the wheelchair ramp in the new vehicle and we are writing to you to ask if you can help us make this happen.
Our 13 year old son Cadel is profoundly disabled. Cadel suffers from a rare genetic disorder. He is unable to walk or talk and is blind. Cadel also has autism and needs help with all his daily activities, including toileting, dressing and eating. Cadel is a very tall boy and weighs approximately 80kgs. He uses a special wheelchair which supports his body and is suited to his extreme autistic behaviours (ie: persistent rocking and head-banging).
Cadet no longer fits in the back of our old van, which is in desperate need of replacing due to the deteriorating condition of the engine and the hoist. Because of his height, Cadel often bangs his head on the roof of the van when we are transferring him in/out and also when we are driving along the road (ie: going over bumps on the road).
We are both very loving parents. Caring for Cadel and his older sister Chrystal, who also suffers from autism (ASD), is a full-time job. We are both on a carer’s pension and live a pretty simple life, with very few luxuries, so there’s very little money to spare for new things. We are now in a situation where we urgently need to fund a new modified vehicle to enable us to keep our son involved in the community and for school runs and the many medical appoinrnents we have to attend,
Our son is a fun-loving, little Aussie battler. One of his favourite things in life is to simply go to the closest wheelchair access swing to play, however we need a reliable vehicle to take him. Can you help us make this happen?
We look forward to hearing from you soon about how you may be able to help us.
Peter & Sheral Martin
Cadel has a new modified van thanks to the community. It is such a good feeling to know the community has made such a difference to a local families every day life.