Over $1 million raised for Sunshine Coast Grandfather to reunite with family

23/02/2021 by MS Queensland

Gary and Fay Madden

Thanks to the generosity of 2,040 independent donors, $1,154,081 was raised to support the construction of a $7.5 million disability accommodation project planned for Chancellor Park on the Sunshine Coast. We could not be more appreciative of and humbled by the donor’s contributions at such a critical time for many charities.

“When MS Queensland launched our Best Life Project, we aimed to bring those living with high physical support needs closer to their families. Now, thanks to the incredible support we’ve received, we can bring Sunshine Coast families – like the Madden’s – back together,” said MS Queensland CEO, David Curd.

The Best Life Project is our plan to tackle the current disability housing crisis and build better lives by providing specialist, independent living accommodation with 24-hour onsite care across the state of Queensland.

Gary’s ready to move back home

Upon completion of these apartments, Grandfather Gary Madden will be reunited with his family after he had to move four hours away to Springfield, Ipswich to get the right care. The 64-year-old living with MS is excited to be brought home to the Sunshine Coast.

Gary’s children, Amy and Steven, have young children and demanding jobs, and his 91-year-old mother, Fay, is unable to travel on her own to Springfield (150km away) to visit Gary. These new apartments mean Gary can be with his family and spend more time with his grandchildren.

“Dad doesn’t have a choice about having MS. He doesn’t have a choice about everything that’s been taken from him because he has MS. But he should have a choice about where he lives, and he shouldn’t have to live so far from the people that love him.” – Amy, Gary’s daughter.

Lifechanging apartments soon a reality

The project will see 12 Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) apartments built for people – like Gary – who are living with MS, high physical support needs, and other neurological conditions. We are so grateful to everyone who was part of the plan to make this project possible.

“The team here at MS Queensland are so very grateful to everyone who donated to the campaign. Your generous contributions have seen us exceed our $1 million fundraising goal,” said MS Queensland CEO, David Curd.

“As a long-term Sunshine Coast resident, I couldn’t be prouder of this wonderful community who consistently embrace the opportunity to support others. I’m sure with this level of support, MS Queensland will have the confidence to develop further critical building projects and support services in the region.”

We’re working with the major donors, including local philanthropists the Thompson’s family, to best commemorate the integral role they’ve played in making the Chancellor Park accommodation a reality.

To submit an expression of interest to live in these apartments, please contact us on 1800 413 717 or complete the form here Chancellor Park accommodation.

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