Paul and his dog Sambo live in a caravan. Dr Sam from Southern Cross Vet and his nurse went down and wormed and fleaed Sambo (the dog). Paul gave permission to let people know about his situation.
Paul is a proud man and was adamant about what he can do and what he needed. Paul is nearly 83 - has all his wits about him, has the usual medical problems but enough medication to last 2 months.
He is alone, was washed out in the floods in Coffs Hr, gave up his Housing Commission place due to extremely bad neighbours and moved to QLD to live with a friend, only to find out that his friend was worst off then him.
He bought a car and caravan and came back to NSW. The rego ran out on both, leaving him in limbo, having an unregistered car and caravan he is not allowed to park on the streets. He has fines because the plates have been removed from his caravan and car.
I was disappointed with hearing a somewhat dispassionate ranger who it seems insisted on moving him on - but the Rowers Club has let him park there.
Paul is in crisis and while he has a plan, some of his expected outcomes may not be possible. He wants to sell his car, get his caravan registered so he can legally live on the street until he can afford to get another car. We discussed the need to maybe keep his car which he knows as being reliable - even though he cannot afford to register it - and also get his caravan registered. The car and caravan are his immediate concerns - he manages with food (but loves actually having proper meals and Sambo has food as well - Dr Sam has offered extra supplies.)
It is an urgent situation.
To date this is what we have done and what we need:
FOR THE UNREGISTERED CARAVAN:
a) Dr Sam has offered temporary accommodation of the caravan in the parking lot of his basement and the use of his bathroom for Paul.
b) The Caravan will need to be towed from Cooks River to St Peters.
c) Paul will need to take his car to Bart Makuch, a mechanic in Sydenham (0410254666) who will assess the requirements to get the caravan registered.
FOR SAMBO, THE DOG:
a) Dr Sam has also offered bathing the dog
b) Sambo will need food regularly, dewormer, etc
It seems so unfair that a 83 yr old man who lives in a prosperous country is left homeless, has many medical complications, is being pursued by the legal system, has council staff enforcing regulations and no one stands back to ask WTF??? - seriously - where has our humanity gone???
Well, for us it is obvious that OUR community doesn't accept that crap. It would be UNAUSTRALIAN to accept this injustice without a fight.
We do care about Paul and Sambo. We do care about the predicament he is in and this is why we are starting this gofundme acccount. Whatever we will get, will go to Paul minus the percentage that is taken by the fund.
In order to make things transparent, these are the charges retained by gofundme:
* GoFundMe's fee is 5% from each donation we receive.
* Stripe's fee is 1.75% + 30c for domestic cards and
2.9% + 30c for International & Amex per donation.
To be able to open this account, we had to agree with the above terms and conditions.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. - Diana, Princess of Wales
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato, Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 BC - 347 BC)
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -14th Dalai Lama
2 July 2015