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The meaning of companionship

Angela, one of the members at Rocky Bay’s Getabout program lives with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system causing scarring and leading to distortions in nerve messages.
Angela lives in a share house but this sometimes can be lonely when you can’t verbally communicate or move around independently.

One day Angela hinted it would be nice to have more company, and together with Support Workers they thought a bird would be the ideal companion to share Angela’s days. With support from Rocky Bay’s Wishing Tree, Angela now has a pet to call her own – a yellow canary that sits by her bed and sings.

The Wishing Tree is only made possible by donations from the Western Australian public.

Angela’s canary ‘Sunny’ brings liveliness to her day through his constant chattering and singing and occasionally accompanies Angela into the lounge room with housemates. The idea took careful consideration and planning, taking into account the people sharing the house and the level of responsibility involved. The Wishing Tree provided a secure cage, bird seed, a dust buster to keep the area clean and a variety of other essentials to ensure minimal maintenance for Angela and an optimal living environment for Sunny.

Angela’s Support Worker reflected that ‘sometimes the simple act of companionship can provide so much joy’.

Give to Rocky Bay and make a difference to the lives of many others like Angela.


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