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Help Cyanne and Zia raise money for a new van
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My twin sister Cyanne and I [Zia] are amazing, motivated 22-year-olds who are currently studying TAFE externally from home. We are both in electric wheelchairs with a condition called Muscular Dystrophy, which is a weakness of the muscles. ...

My twin sister Cyanne and I [Zia] are amazing, motivated 22-year-olds who are currently studying TAFE externally from home. We are both in electric wheelchairs with a condition called Muscular Dystrophy, which is a weakness of the muscles. Having been confined to wheelchairs since the age of eight, we have needed ongoing assistance with transport. Now, we use electric wheelchairs, which require more room than our original manual wheelchairs.

A recent, new addition to the family, our baby brother Jayden, and ongoing mechanical and access issues with our current transport option, a 2003 Transit van, which was modified to accommodate the our needs, is in desperate need of replacement.

Our existing van has become increasingly unreliable for both local, and travel to Adelaide. This means accessing specialist appointments has not been able to occur, due to no other transport options being viable. Our electric wheelchairs cannot be serviced locally so this is rapidly becoming a major issue with no reliable way of accessing services. Local travel, as a family group, is not an option, as there is no provision for a baby seat for Jayden in the van. The existing seatbelts are very cumbersome, compared with modern wheelchair restraints. Cyanne is currently unable to access the van without bending over, a very uncomfortable position to be in, as her head extends above the height of her wheelchair. There are also issues with the current access ramp, which extends out the back of the vehicle, regarding both of our safety, as we are deposited on the road. As we have grown, we are no longer able to see out the windows, which certainly makes for an uncomfortable and boring trip.

The time has definitely arrived to look at replacing the van with a more up to date version that can be modified to suit the changed needs of my sister and me and including our family. We have researched the many options that are currently available and have found a suitable replacement.

The Renault Trafic vehicle with CAPITAL PLUS+, has many features that are necessary for safe transport of all family members including:

  •          Renault LWB L2H1 Trafic Integral with AUTOMATIC transmission
  •          Dual Air conditioning
  •          Windows in rear area x4
  •          Rear floor covering and interior trimmings
  •          Slip resistant vinyl flooring (in wheelchair area) for easy cleaning and wheelchair manoeuvrability
  •          Lowered floor, side door entry design providing quick and easy access for all passengers
  •          Manual slide out ramp system
  •          Seating for 4 passengers, plus driver
    Single front passenger seat
    One removable & relocatable middle seat
    Two single fixed rear seats
  •          Two wheelchair positions with one tie-down and occupant seat belts

Base Vehicle Price:      $40,301.75 inc GST + ORC
Conversion Price :       $52,309.40
Total Price :                $92,611.15

                        *Price does not include registration, statutory charges or delivery (if applicable).

This is the cost that we are seeking your assistance in funding, in part or the whole cost, as it is currently beyond our financial means. We are both deserving recipients of your support and would benefit enormously from the provision of an upgraded van that accommodates our current needs to give us access to the everyday pleasures others, who are not wheelchair bound, enjoy with family.

 

If you can help in any way possible, it would be greatly appreciated.

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