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People join Lions because they want to use their energy, intellect, creativity, commitment and enthusiasm to help the needy.
Oscar the Brave - Vehicle Project
One of our most prominent projects was to support a young fellow by the name of Oscar (aka "Oscar the Brave") and his family.
Oscar is the son Andrew and brother to Madison. In 2012, on the day before his 7th birthday, Oscar was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is the most aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy causing muscles to break down, leading to progressive difficulty with walking and general mobility and eventual complete muscle failure. The disease affects 1 in 3500 boys, is genetic and has no cure. Now 10 years old, Oscar will soon be permanently wheelchair bound and the family was in need of a suitable vehicle with hydraulics to accommodate an electric wheelchair.
The vehicle is vital for Oscar to attend medical appointments, the Children’s Hospital, weekly therapy, school and outings including watching his beloved football games.
The disease has been devastating emotionally, physically and economically and the family had devoted their financial resources toward preparing their home for wheelchair access and operation. They were unable to fund the purchase and fit-out of a vehicle. Such a specialised vehicle costs around $45,000. To their credit they'd started the ball rolling by submitting an application to SWEP (Statewide Equipment Program) for a grant of up to $10,000 towards the vehicle purchase but ongoing costs to modify the family home and the desire to have as much quality time with Oscar was taking its toll. They are a great family and had exercised significant "self help" but they needed support. That was where Lions Club of Wantirna and you kicked in to gear!!
After several months of fundraising, a grant of $15,000 from Australian Lions Foundation, and amazing community support we raised the necessary funds to purchase a fantastic vehicle with all the necseesary modifications for Oscar and the family.
We, and the family, are very grateful for your support and we are proud to be Lions!!!
If you wish to discuss this project I may be contacted on 0412 357 996.
Vice President, Wantirna Lions
Adopt a House - Scope in James Street Bayswater
Wantirna Lions has partnered with Scope Victoria in an innovative new project called "Adopt a House". This project involves Lions providing support to one of the many Scope residential and respite care facilities by way of minor facility and essentail grounds maintenance. The photo below was taken at our inaugural working bee at the James Street Bayswater facility held on Australia Day 2013.
Lions Club "Adopt a House" Scope James Street Bayswater
For immediate release: Wednesday, 13thFebruary 2013
The Lions Club of Wantirna is supporting people with a disability in their community through "adopting" Scope James Street in Bayswater.
Through this new initiative, the Lions Club of Wantirna will provide ongoing grounds and building maintenance services to the site. They are also considering a number of projects for Scope James Street. To kick off the partnership, the club conducted a working bee at the site, which included gardening, painting and minor repairs to the site.
President of the Lions Club of Wantirna, Wes Gleeson said, "we are excited about this partnership and the benefits it will bring to the individuals and their families who utilise Scope's important support services in our community".
"We are very grateful for the support the Lions Club of Wantirna has shown Scope James Street. Their support means Scope's staffing and financial resources can be dedicated to supporting people with a disability who access the service", said Steve Allen, Scope's Eastern Regional Manager.
Scope James Street is a purpose built building that caters to the respite needs of up to 60 local families. Scope James Street enables people with a disability to explore and take part in their community, while providing families and carers with an opportunity to recharge their batteries.
What: Lions Club of Wantirna members supporting Scope James Street through tasks at the site
Where: Scope James Street, 10 James Street, Bayswater
When: Saturday, 26 January 2013
Scope's mission is to enable each person we support to live as an empowered and equal citizen. Scope provides 7,106 services to people we support across 97 sites in Victoria.
Scope works with 1,260 community organisations to improve inclusiveness for people with a disability. Visit www.scopevic.org.au for further information.
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