This year I’ll be doing the Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2019. 9 days and 250km through the geographical centre of the Simpson Desert. Climbing over 1000 sand dunes, carrying a 10kg backpack and experiencing temperatures from 0 to 40 degrees!! This trek will be a daily mental and physical challenge, but it is one that will have a profound impact on the lives of young people with high care needs and their loved ones. The completely isolated environment provides a striking reflection of the challenges that young people with high care needs face daily.
I was invited by Youngcare to visit one of their homes at Sinnamon Park in Brisbane. Sinnamon Park was the first facility built by Youngcare which catered for young people who had a disability that required unique care and who normally fall into aged care if there was no one to look after them.
The Youngcare team came and took us out to the facility at Sinnamon Park where we met Julia, one of the residents who lives at the apartments. Julia showed us around the wonderful facility and highlighted what the facility meant to her and her fellow residents. Julia told us how she spent 4 years in aged care but she was not given any control over her life. Coming to the Youngcare home, she now has independence, she can live her life the way she chooses and with dignity. The visit and speaking to Julia and a few of the other residents, it makes me extremely proud to work at Suncorp who are foundation partner for Youngcare, but also extremely motivated to complete this challenge to help Youngcare in its cause to keep young Australians with unique high care needs out of aged care facilities.
I've created this page because I want to make a difference and I want to take you along on my journey. I'm inspired by the work of Youngcare and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Simpson Desert Challenge 2019. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. Unlock the freedom for more young people with high care needs to choose where, how and with who they live their lives. The more people that know about Youngcare, the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your support, it means a lot!