Freemason NZ Issue 3, Vol 42
They needed more than $8o,ooo but the community rallied round and now the Munro family of Titahi Bay, Porirua, can travel in safety and comfort.
Kaden Munro, age six, and his 5-year-Old sister, Andie, have global development disability, which means that they have autism-like symptoms. (EDIT: see Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome)
Both require therapy and powered wheelchairs for mobility
The van the family were using had a rudimentary ramp and mother, Carly Pointon, was straining her back to push them up. Two wheelchairs and three other siblings were squashed in to get to school, sport and other activities.
It took nearly a year of fundraising, but the s81,ooo required, $56,000 for the Toyota van and $25,000 for the modifications including the hydraulic hoist, was raised. Funding came from several sources including Lotteries, Archway Trust, BNZ, Porirua schools, Playcentre and donations through the Givealittle web site. Lodge Mana contributed $2,000. The van needed to be large enough to include space for the wheelchair fasteners.
Carly’s reputation for helping others meant that people responded warmly to the campaign.