2018-19 Review – Foundation Manager
Thanks to your continued support we currently help 46 WA families from Geraldton to Albany, and everywhere in between, with safe and reliable wheelchair accessible transportation for medical and remedial services, education and to access the community.
Over the past twelve months we have continued to evolve as an organisation, working to meet the challenge of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. However, there is still a growing need within the community for support from our program and we are experiencing unprecedented requests for our assistance from families in WA with disability who need transport. We’ve welcomed three new families – and sadly said goodbye to some others. We also upgraded the vehicles for three of our longest recipients and met the changing needs of two of our families as their circumstances changed.
The Wheels for Hope program continues to go from strength to strength, which was evidenced when supporters joined the Board and Staff to celebrate 10 years of changing lives through mobility. The Minister for Disabilities, Hon Stephen Dawson and Disability Services Board Vice Chair Priya Cooper, joined eighty key supporters and partners at Frasers in November 2018 to celebrate the achievements of the Foundation over the past 10 years. This included our key supporters – the Motor Trade Association of WA, Toyota WA and Toyota Dealers, RAC Business Wise, the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation and a special mention to the Car Craft Group who have been assisting the Foundation for the entire 10 years.
The Foundation ran a number of fundraising events throughout the year. Our 9th Annual Golf Day at Joondalup Resort in May raised over $15,000 and Celebration of the Motorcar continued its history of showcasing some of Western Australia’s best vehicles in the beautiful Cottesloe Civic Centre in November and raised over $12,000. We were also the beneficiaries again of the Holeseekers Golf Day and Mercedes Benz German Car Day. In addition to raising vital funds, the events provided a wonderful platform to share the Wheels for Hope story.
I would like to thank our board members Chris Leatt-Hayter, Brian Bowley, Peter Sarandopoulos, Stephen Moir, Rob Webster and Miriam Bowen for their tireless work and support.
10 Years Overview
- 94 Total Families Helped
- 46 Vans in The Fleet
- 82 Total Vehicles Sponsored
- Over 2,000,000 Kilometres Travelled