Sarah in Sydney: a picture says a thousand words

DATE: 24 May 2017

Sarah in Sydney: a picture says a thousand words

The Opera House, St Mary’s Cathedral and Manly Beach were just a few of the sites taken in by Sarah during her visit to Sydney late last month.

The Opera House, St Mary’s Cathedral and Manly Beach were just a few of the sites taken in by Sarah during her visit to Sydney late last month.

With support from Vilma from Yooralla’s recreation team, Service Manager, Ruth, and Support Worker, Lachlan, Sarah applied for and successfully obtained funding from Yooralla’s John Hemmingway Fund to spend four days in sunny Sydney.  The Jon Hemmingway Fund provides assistance to customers from Yooralla’s Accommodation Services to experience a holiday.

Staying centrally in Pitt Street, Sarah and Lachlan used the train and ferry to visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the city centre and the Harbour Bridge.

Planning for Sarah’s holiday first began earlier this year when Sarah, Ruth and Lachlan met with Vilma to decide where Sarah would like to go. Sydney was chosen because Sarah had never been there before and it’s an easy city to navigate by public transport.

In order to get on the plane to Sydney, Sarah first had to be transferred into a narrow wheelchair without sides that could easily fit down the centre aisle, while her own wheelchair was stored in the plane’s cargo hold. She was then lifted into her assigned seat using a hoist.  

Sarah met with Vilma multiple times to plan what she was going to do then to book flights and accommodation. Sarah would like to thank Ruth, Vilma and Lachlan for supporting her to make this dream become a reality!

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