Com­mu­nity helps fam­ily get needed van

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

They needed more than $80,000, but the com­mu­nity ral­lied and now the Munro fam­ily of Ti­tahi Bay can travel in safety and com­fort.

Kaden Munro, 6, and his 5- year- old sis­ter, Andie, have global devel­op­men­tal disability, which means they have autism­like symp­toms. Both re­quire ther­apy and pow­ered wheel­chairs to get around.

The van the fam­ily were us­ing had a rudi­men­tary ramp and mother Carly Poin­ton was strain­ing her back to push them up it.

Two wheel­chairs and three other sib­lings were squashed in to get to school, sport and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

It has taken nearly a year of fundrais­ing, but the $ 81,000 re­quired – $56,000 for the Toy­ota van and $25,000 for mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a hy­draulic hoist – was raised. Along with Lotteries, Arch­way Trust and BNZ, schools in Porirua, Play­cen­tre and do­na­tions through the givealit­tle web­site helped them over the line. Freema­sons Lodge Mana gave $2000 to­wards the van.

Poin­ton said the out­pour­ing of sup­port was overwhelming at times.

‘‘We had to get such a big van [it holds 10 people and has am­ple room and fas­ten­ers for the wheel­chairs], and there were times when I thought we couldn’t do it,’’ she said.

‘‘So many people have said to us that we’ve helped out oth­ers and now it was our turn, which is just so nice.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Driv­ing wheels: From left, Mother Carly Poin­ton, Jesse, Tris­tan, Kaden, Colin Young (from Freema­sons Lodge Mana) and Andie Munro in the new van.

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