Golden Milestone for Wheels for Hope

Nathan gets loan of 50th Wheels for Hope vehicle

A Success family’s life is set to change after being presented with keys to a modified Toyota Hiace Commuter Bus by the Disability Services Minister Helen Morton.

The Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation modified the vehicle and lent it for free, through its Wheels for Hope program, to Caroline and Robert Hughes to transport their son Nathan, 22, who has cerebral palsy and uses a powered wheelchair.

Supporters of the Foundation gathered at Lake Karrinyup Country Club to celebrate this huge milestone for the Foundation. 

“The Wheels for Hope program has been changing lives since it was set up by the foundation in 2008,” the Minister said.

“Today the Hughes family is the recipient of the Wheels for Hope program’s 50th vehicle. This charity organisation, which is supported by the WA automotive industry, is giving families with a son, daughter or parent with disability the opportunity to more fully participate in community life, by providing a vehicle that has been modified to suit their individual needs."

“Where it may have been very difficult or impossible to transport a family member to medical appointments, community events or to visit friends and family, a modified vehicle opens up a range of opportunities to engage in activities others may take for granted.

Nathan, Caroline and Robert will not only now be easily able to get out as a family, but the vehicle will also help Nathan pursue his interest of photography.