Latest appeals

By making a donation to Yooralla, you can help us to actively support people with disability, their families and carers, in all their diversity, to live the life they choose.

Read the stories we've shared as part of our latest fundraising appeals.

Meet Daniela

 Daniela in the Yooralla Catering kitchen
Daniela in the Yooralla Catering kitchen

Daniela has always been passionate about cooking, from making meals to sharing homemade treats with those around her. After finishing school with a Certificate 1 in Hospitality, Daniela was ready to put her skills to use and gain experience working in catering, a kitchen or a café. However despite being qualified, willing and able, Daniela received rejection after rejection. Though it wasn’t said, Daniela felt that these potential employers were not giving her the chance she deserved out of fear and the unfamiliarity of hiring a person with disability. Just as Daniela was beginning to give up hope, the opportunity she had dreamed of finally came along - Yooralla Catering.

Read about our April appeal - Daniela pursues her passion in the kitchen.


Meet Marco

 Marco playing in his backyard.
Marco playing in his backyard.

Marco recently celebrated his fifth birthday. A charismatic young boy full of energy and intrigued by the world around him, Marco loves to laugh, learn and play. But things haven’t always been as easy for Marco and his family as they are today. When Marco was two years old, Trish began to notice there was something different about Marco. By two and a half, Marco was barely speaking, and frequently displayed behaviours that were becoming increasingly challenging. Trish decided to reach out to Yooralla's Early Intervention Service - and that's when things began to change for Marco and his family.

Read about our Christmas appeal - Marco's amazing transformation.


Meet Mycalie

 Mycalie can now drive a car.
Mycalie can now drive a car.

Learning to drive is a milestone for young adults, but it's especially important for people in regional areas at risk of isolation. As a young person with disability, life without a license meant participating in normal day to day activities was almost impossible for Mycalie. Thanks to Yooralla's Driver Training program, Mycalie and many of her peer's now have their driver's licenses and are able to live full and independent lives.

Read about our September appeal - The road to independence.


Meet Emmy

 Emmy playing in the garden.
Emmy playing in the garden.

Running around her backyard, Emmy looks like an average four year old girl. But Emmy is anything but average. She’s actually one of a kind. Emmy was born with Patau syndrome - a rate chromosomal abnormality that affected her development. But this hasn't stopped Emmy from working with Yooralla therapists to achieve her goal - going to kindergarten!

Read about our Tax appeal - Emmy's journey to kindergarten.


Meet Colleen

 Colleen settling in to her new home.
Colleen settling in to her new home.

Colleen was a fit and healthy 22-year-old when she suffered a stroke. After undergoing surgery, Colleen had to re-learn how to eat, walk and talk. Colleen also required a very high level of care and support. After time spent at home, and living in a share house, Colleen's family started searching for accommodation where Colleen could receive the care and support she needed. But there was only one place available – a local nursing home. But in 2015, Colleen and her family got the call they had been waiting for. Colleen was invited to move into a state-of-the-art new unit in Frankston, specifically developed for young people living in nursing homes.

Read about our March appeal - From a nursing home to independent living.


Meet Jack

 Jack driving around in a Wizzybug.
Jack driving around in a Wizzybug.

Jack is a bubbly three year old boy who loves to play with his friends. After he was born, Jack was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and quadriplegia - which means he can't walk on his own. Yooralla therapists introduced him the Wizzybug - a motorised wheelchair designed specifically for children under five. It allows Jack to keep up with his friends and get around on his own - building his independence. But at $10 000, it is out of reach for most families. However, Jack's family hopes that, with Yooralla's support, Jack will be able to get a Wizzybug of his very own.

Read about our Christmas appeal - Jack and his Wizzybug.

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