100-year-old Dorothy Kennedy rediscovers independence with new mobility scooter


Jay Brown (Veterans services), Dorothy Kennedy on her new mobility scooter, and AYLA Inc founder Scott Johnson.
Jay Brown (Veterans services), Dorothy Kennedy on her new mobility scooter, and AYLA Inc founder Scott Johnson.

CENTENARIAN Dorothy Kennedy is enjoying a return to independence since a mobility scooter from community organisations Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA Inc) and Melville Cares Inc.

The 100-year-old is the widow of an Australian veteran who represented his country in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam.

She has received support services from Melville Cares for almost four years.

No longer able to access her local shopping area and community hubs by foot, but with an irrepressible zest for life, Mrs Kennedy has been searching for mobility options for some time.

After conversations with Melville Cares coordinator of Veterans’ services Jay Brown and AYLA Inc founder Scott Johnson, Mrs Kennedy was identified as an ideal recipient of a mobility scooter.

The scooter was donated to Melville Cares by AYLA, and presented to Mrs Kennedy earlier this week.

After the brief handover and driving lesson, Mrs Kennedy was all smiles as she drove off down the path to reconnect with her community.

For further information about the Melville Cares Veterans program contact coordinator of veterans services Jay Brown on 9319 0900.