Dr Fiona Martin MP, Member for Reid, has delivered on a $60,000 election commitment to the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation for a new wheelchair accessible vehicle.
The Foundation offers transport to members of the community that are disabled or financially disadvantaged so that they can attend medical appointments.
“The Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation are such an important charity in our community. With this new van, they can continue supporting some of our more vulnerable or isolated members of the community,” Dr Martin said.
“I am delighted that the Morrison Government has delivered on this 2019 Federal election commitment.”
CEO of the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation, Mr Vincent Del Zio, said the new vehicle will allow the Foundation to improve their clients’ overall quality of life.
“It gives us the capacity to further expand the scope of our unique and free Medical Patient Transport service to those people in our community who are less fortunate than ourselves, are wheelchair-bound and have special needs,” Mr Del Zio said.
“We are grateful for this kind and gracious grant from the Federal Government towards the purchase of a purposely built wheelchair vehicle, and in particular, the tremendous work and dedication by Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin, in ensuring the grant went through.”
Dr Martin, who has long been an advocate for those living with disabilities, is pleased that the funding came through at a critical time.
“From mid-June, the Foundation re-commenced its free transport service in a COVID-Safe way,” Dr Martin said.
“The new van has already been used to transport clients to their specialist, rehabilitation and physio facilities. It’s good to know that people can get to their medical appointments in a time where we need to be more connected than ever.”