Home a liv­ing legacy

COU­PLE’S UL­TI­MATE GIFT TO PEO­PLE WITH DIS­ABIL­ITY

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Laura Pond

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473174

Donna and Mike Wild­ing (Flick Re­alty),Deb Sav­ille, Sue Da­ley (Intu Prop­erty) and Joe Maiolo (Maiolo Con­struc­tion), Par­a­lympian Priya Cooper and Lind­say Breach.

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