$20,000 grant helps SGSCC disAbility in quest for new passenger van

The 12-seat, accessible passenger vans transport people from their homes to classes and community events. Picture: supplied
The 12-seat, accessible passenger vans transport people from their homes to classes and community events. Picture: supplied

A $20,000 state government grant will help SGSCC disAbility meet a goal ahead of the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Sutherland Shire on July 1.

The major department of St George & Sutherland Community College has three, 12-seat, accessible passenger vans to transport people from their homes to classes and community events.

Being able to access the wider community is integral to the individuals supported at SGSCC disAbility, says Eleni Petinos. Picture: supplied

Being able to access the wider community is integral to the individuals supported at SGSCC disAbility, says Eleni Petinos. Picture: supplied

“They have all done over 140,000 kilometres, and are showing their age,” manager Cathy Lovelock said.

“We want to replace at least one of them before we move into the NDIS.”

Ms Lovelock said a new vehicle would cost $60,000 to $65,000.

“We are attempting to meet the cost through fund raising.

“The government grant is a big help, and we hope in the next couple of months to have the funds we need.”

Miranda MP Eleni Petinos said the grant, provided under the Community Building Partnership program, was an example of “grassroots funding” that directly benefited local communities.

Miranda MP Eleni Petinos at SGSCC disAbility wirth Brett (left), Kyle, Eleni Petinos, David, Mitchell and Michael. Picture: supplied

Miranda MP Eleni Petinos at SGSCC disAbility wirth Brett (left), Kyle, Eleni Petinos, David, Mitchell and Michael. Picture: supplied

“SGSCC disAbility is a not-for-profit organisation which supports over 150 people who have disabilities ranging from moderate to exceptional support needs,” she said.

”They focus on the ability on each individual and aim to help them learn and grow. 

“Many of the people SGSCC disAbility supports have barriers that limit their ability to use public transport, making travel in an accessible van their only option.

“Being able to access the wider community is integral to the individuals supported at SGSCC disAbility.”

  • Tax deductible donations towards buying the new passenger van can be made by contacting: disability@sgscc.edu.au
Miranda MP Eleni Petinos  at SGSCC disAbility with Michael, Brett and David. Picture: supplied

Miranda MP Eleni Petinos at SGSCC disAbility with Michael, Brett and David. Picture: supplied