Home a living legacy
COUPLE’S ULTIMATE GIFT TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
A BELDON home is being transformed in the ultimate act of goodwill.
Iluka couple Deb Saville and Lindsay Breach are renovating their property to help people with disabilities who want to live independently.
They own properties in Butler and Beldon, along with their Iluka home, and decided they wanted to donate them in their wills to Future Living Trust, which helps to look after people with a developmental disability after their caregivers are gone.
Ms Saville said she and her husband wanted their properties “to keep going”, then decided they could also make a difference while they lived.
They approached their property manager and Flick Realty chief executive Mike Wilding, who suggested they renovate the home.
Dubbed the MAD (Making a Difference) living legacy project, the house will undergo a full renovation, including new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and painting, as well as modifications to cater for people with disabilities.
During the eight- to 10week transformation, they will be seeking tenants, with the Trust recommending clients wishing to live independently and Edith Cowan University advertising to students studying in the disability services field, who could learn from living with someone with a disability.
Mr Wilding and his wife Donna, as well as INTU Property owner Sue Daley and Maiolo Construction owner Joe Maiolo, have been busy securing materials and tradespeople for free, with more than 45 people donating their time and services.
Having been involved in a charity renovation project before, Mr Wilding said he was not surprised by how willing people were to help, and was deeply impressed with the project idea.
“I’m inspired by Deb and Lindsay. I think it is very noble that someone would do that in the first place and it drives me to get the whole project sorted out perfectly,” he said.
Potential tenants can call Flick Realty on 9406 4000.
Donna and Mike Wilding (Flick Realty),Deb Saville, Sue Daley (Intu Property) and Joe Maiolo (Maiolo Construction), Paralympian Priya Cooper and Lindsay Breach.