Seventeen year old Rocky Bay client Samantha is a bubbly and sociable young lady who is enjoying her new found independence in her own modified vehicle.
Samantha lives with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and until recently relied upon her mother Maria to access the community – visiting friends, getting to college and work, going on day trips. Whilst Maria has always been very supportive, Samantha was keen to get her own car. Like any 17 year old, she sought the independence to go where she wants, when she wants!
Rocky Bay therapists were able to provide a letter of support to Samantha and Maria which helped them to secure CPLG, ILC DEG and Variety grants towards the purchase and conversion of a Toyota Rukus.
Still they needed more funds to make it happen. The letter also meant they were able to approach local retailers and businesses who were only too willing to help. Maria was overwhelmed with the support and donations, from electrical items to bathroom fittings, furniture and memorabilia. They invited 150 friends and family to their house one day and by selling all the goods they had managed to collect, they raised the extra $25,000 they needed.
Now Samantha is super-proud of her new car and her new found independence. The doors and ramp of her Rukus are remote controlled and after driving her wheelchair into the vehicle she transfers to a seat which then moves forward to the driving position – its all very high tech!
“When they told me it was brown, I thought yuk, but when I got it and saw this gun-metal brownish-grey, I think it looks amazing!” said Samantha excitedly. “Very cool.”
Mum Maria is proud too, that they were able to raise so much money to make it happen thanks to the generosity of the local community. Maria can now see her daughter enjoying her new independent lifestyle – and she gets her own time too!