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we are trying to raise $25,000 for a new eletric wheelchair please read Kerrie Story below

My name is Kerrie Middleton and I am a 54 year old parapalegic /wheelchair bound woman who lives in Medowie, Newcastle - NSW Australia.

Although my quad accident happened in 2004 it still feels like yesterday, because every day reminds me in one way or another that I will never be able to walk again. I used to love competing in sports and being in the outdoors especially camping and boating. I would love riding motorbikes and quads and would spend alot of time dreaming of all the places I wanted to travel to later in life.

Unfortunately my accident resulted in leaving me a paraplegic who is wheelchair bound. My entire life and that of my family changed overnight . My new reality became very difficult in trying to manage pain and the immobilization of my entire body.

Following my accident, I went completely into survival mode as my children were 4 and 10 and still expected me to be their mother. Together we learnt how to navigate this new normal in our lives and just had to get on with it. There were many days when the kids had to mother me as I learnt how to shower and dress and get from my wheelchair to my bed and my wheelchair to the car without any core strength or legs to help.

The daily chores around the house were exceptionally hard to master from a wheelchair and some days were quite difficult and frustrating. The constant pushing of the wheels on my wheelchair, has caused wear and tear on my joints and muscles, and as I am getting older I am finding it more difficult.

I have been extremely lucky , in that my family tries
to keep me busy doing fun activities to take my mind off the constant nerve pain that I experience 24 / 7. Over the years I have had my eye on a lot of the new technology that is available for paraplegics however could never justify the exorbitant costs. To date I have managed with the basic equipment that the Disability Sector in NSW has provided me however a new revolutionary electric wheelchair has just hit the market which I have been researching and speaking to the company about.

My husband came home a month ago excited to show me this new handsfree electric wheelchair that would be able to transform my life. The company is in New Zealand and they have trialled the chair there and in Australia. They are presently in the USA promoting it and have started to take orders. The first production will include the cost of the spare set of all terrain wheels, for the price of the existing chair with the everyday wheels on it. Being in the first group to purchase this amazing chair will allow me to advertise the company that designed it. I have watched many U-tube videos of the OGO in action and can literally feel the freedom it must give the user.

It sparked the lost dreams that I had shelved, in regards to travelling and being able to access difficult terrain. The OGO would allow me to go on bush walks and hiking trails as well as going to the beach which is something I have not done for ten years. This chair would give me independence as I would not have to rely on someone to push me or carry things for me. The OGO would allow me to leave my home in my chair and travel down to the shops where I can catch up with my friends in the community or go to the gym without the long process of trying to get in and out of a car which is extremely hard .

My life at present revolves around Course Facilitation within Highchools. Most schools and communities are not designed for wheelchairs and there are days when I really struggle to move around the campus and my town. I also do chaplaincy work in the community where I have to try and access people’s homes which is also hard work. There are some days where I have to conduct my work in coffee shops just because of the access problems. My job allows me the opportunity to give back to the community and I love connecting with people of all cultures, however the manual wheelchair is a constant hassle and the new handsfree electric chair would make it so much easier.

I would love to continue working in my field as my
job entails me to come alongside people in difficulty who I can encourage, believe in, support and empower so that they can lead successful lives. This chair would transform my life at work and make it possible for me to reach so many other people in the community who are struggling. I deeply beleive in paying it forward.

I have stepped out in faith this week and have put a deposit down on one of the OGO Electric Wheelchairs that are in production at present. I believe with all my heart that this chair will have the ability to change my life - so I am asking for donations to assist me in purchasing the OGO Electric Wheelchair.

Helping people is a universal principal that I believe in. I was hoping that you the reader or your organization would consider making a donation towards the purchase of this electric OGO Wheelchair. I am seeking some goodwill from the community at large to help me not only make a difference in my life and my family’s but by being an ambassador for this new technology many more people will be able to access this purchase for themselves. I would be deeply appreciative of any sum, no matter how large or small.

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