BALDIVIS family the Tophams will have an easier ride thanks to the generosity of the Baldivis Lions Club.
In early 2016 Narelle and Colin Topham approached the club with a request to assist with the purchase of a motor vehicle that could transport their three children along with two wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
Their children Jaimie (13), Hayley (11) and Scott (9) all have muscular dystrophy (MD).
The Tophams face a rare situation as they are one of two families in Australia with three children affected by MD and the only ones in WA.
Vice President Pamela Madden said the club agreed to help.
“We raised a total of $15,650. The Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) also agreed to make a donation which made the total Lions’ donation $30,000 towards the full cost of the vehicle which was $85,000,” she said.
“The ALF also agreed to make a donation which made the total Lions’ donation $30,000 towards the full cost of the vehicle which was $85,000 with the balance donated by various other charities and organisations.
“The necessary modifications were carried out in New South Wales and included electric wheelchair access, finger touch door opening and a ramp at a cost of almost $35,000.”
She said the car was officially handed to the family on May 6 this year.
“Saturday was a very special and heart-warming day for the Lions Club of Baldivis,” she said.
“The club officially handed over a specially modified Kia Carnival motor vehicle to the Topham family of Baldivis at the Club’s monthly Community Market.
“It was the culmination of many months of fundraising and planning.”