Fairhaven Services has been providing support for people with disability living on the Central Coast for over 50 years. One area of our service focuses on ensuring individuals we support have opportunity for participation in activities and events in their local community which are meaningful to personal life goals. It is now one year since Fairhaven took possession of an iMax van, made possible through a generous donation of $15,000 from the James N. Kirby Foundation.
During the ensuing year our iMax has covered many kilometres transporting clients to and from a wide variety of their chosen community activities. Whether an individual or a small group outing, having the van has provided opportunity to interact with animals at the Reptile Park and Oakvale; enjoy day trips to Sydney, including the Easter Show; watch a musical or play at Laycock St theatre; go to the movies; visit the Japanese gardens and various galleries in the region; a day at the beach or simply spending time relaxing with friends at a local club. The additional transport option the van provides also enables people living with elderly carers the chance to travel to and from Fairhaven’s community hub where they may choose to participate in drumming, drama, line dancing or other activities on offer.
We are indeed indebted to the James N. Kirby Foundation. Prior to acquiring the van our organisation was restricted by limited transport resources. Without their kind donation, many of our clients would not have had opportunity to participate in outings, activities or events many in the population take for granted. The generosity of the foundation has ensured the lives of those we support have been enhanced immensely.
Chief Executive Officer