Liv­ing legacy

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - 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 af­ter they die to Fu­ture Liv­ing Trust, which helps look af­ter the fu­ture of 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 8-10 week trans­for­ma­tion they will be seek­ing ten­ants, with the trust rec­om­mend­ing clients wish­ing to live in­de­pen­dently and ECU ad­ver­tis­ing to stu­dents study­ing in the dis­abil­ity ser­vices field.

“We’ve no idea who’s go­ing to end up liv­ing there yet,” Ms Sav­ille said.

“There’s a mas­sive wait­ing list for peo­ple in in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

“Ide­ally it would be some­body who can learn in­de­pen­dence skills, a newly qual­i­fied so­cial worker or physio, a young pro­fes­sional just start­ing out in their ca­reer, maybe a stu­dent or some­body who needs a hand up.”

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 how will­ing peo­ple were to help but was deeply im­pressed with the project idea.

“Not too many peo­ple are go­ing to do­nate prop­erty,” he said.

“This (project) has never hap­pened in Aus­tralia be­fore; no one has ever done this.”

Ms Sav­ille said she was over­whelmed by the sup­port.

Her par­ents Brian and Gwen Sav­ille are also in­volved; they are mov­ing to an aged care fa­cil­ity and will do­nate their fur­ni­ture and pos­ses­sions for the home. Po­ten­tial ten­ants can call Flick Realty on 9406 4000.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Donna and Mike Wild­ing, Deb Sav­ille, Sue Da­ley and Joe Maiolo, Priya Cooper and Lind­say Breach.

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