Wednesday September 14, 2016
It was a day of celebration tinged with sadness at the final Annual General Meeting for Fairholme Disability Support Group held at the Caversham Town Hall on Saturday 27th August 2016.
As the last chapter of the Group’s 34 year history drew to a close Chaiperson Bevan Dellar reflected on what an exciting journey the organisation has had including witnessing an overall greater understanding and appreciation for ability coupled with bipartisan support by governments and the Disability Services Commission having combined to form a sector the envy of others outside the State.
The following is a brief summary highlighting a few notable achievements:
- Fairholme Accommodation Redevelopment [November 2007] which changed the approach and continued to be – purpose built homes - to what had previously been provided
- TGBH – Perth to Broome [August/September 2012] promoting and celebrating ‘Count me In’ over a 4 week duration in regional WA with many seeing for the first time those with disability e.g. Paralympians and Australian Champions] but most importantly great ability and much more
- ABTR – 9 yearly projects [commenced 2006] consisting of 20 week program each followed up by an opening and 8 day exhibition
- Physical Education Activity at Perth TAFE - consisting of 14 fitness programs over 8 years [commenced 2007]
- The Ride Documentary state-wide tour over 3 months during 2013 telling the story of the 4 who had been injured [1 quadriplegic and 3 paraplegics then what they had achieved over their lifetimes.
- Participation by the first disabled person – paraplegic in the Australasian Safari in WA 
- Participation in the Swan Districts Football Club sponsored ‘Count Me In’ initiatives commencing in 2014
- Book written and published on the history of Fairholme – launched November 2007
In closing it is considered that the Group’s motto - ‘Enriching lives. Help from those with enthusiasm and vision’ was truely a reflection for what the Group stood for throughout its life. It is considered a special duty and privilege to record here their simple ‘thank you’, although this hardly does justice to so many people who gave their time, used their talents to make a difference.
While the Group’s door is now closed there are other groups such as People with a Disabilty WA (PWdWA) who are well placed to enthusiastically continue making a difference throughout these times of increased change and complexity in the disability sector.
All past members and associates of the Group are encouraged to contact PWDWA for assistance with any enquirie. Contact details are as follows:
People With Disabilties WA
Suite 1 Oasis Lotteries House
37 Hampden Road
Nedlands WA 6009
Phone: 08 9485 8900 Country Callers: 1800 193 331
Email: [email protected]
Photo: Past Chairpersons Les Goode and Anne Iliffe together with Patron and Minister for Disabilities Hon. Donna Faragher MLC and outgoing Group Chairperson Bevan Dellar.