Malcolm grew up in Carnarvon, leaving for Perth at age 21 after a tragic car accident left him with an acquired brain injury. Malcolm’s memories come mostly from the time before the accident and he carries around an album of his earlier years.
After the devastating cyclone in April damaged his home town, he wanted nothing more than to return to visit family and friends. Logistically this has always proved daunting to organisers. To travel there, Malcolm would require hire of a wheelchair accessible van with a hoist and fuel and a stay overnight to rest. After the nine hour drive, Malcolm would then require around the clock support from a support worker and carer’s assistant.
In August, Rocky Bay’s Wishing Tree took Malcolm’s wish on board and made this trip a reality. It had been three long years since Malcolm had visited his parents for his 50th birthday and they were delighted to see him and spend a week together.
During the 10 day trip, Malcolm ran into an ex girlfriend, visited Carnarvon’s famous jetty, enjoyed a finals footy game between the Ramblers, his old team, and Exmouth and spent time catching up with old friends at the local pub and enjoying meals out with his family.
Malcolm reflected on the trip saying “I miss the place immensely. Some things never change, the people are just bigger now”.
Malcolm’s trip would not have been possible without The Wishing Tree which is funded entirely through donations. By donating to Rocky Bay you can help someone with a disability experience a wish come true, just like Malcolm.