Mobility Scooter for Jared Horomona
Jared would have to be one of the most inspirational people you could ever meet!
He has achieved more in his 46 years of life than most able bodied people do in their lifetime.
Despite the physical challenges from cerebral palsey and being unable to walk unaided, difficulty speaking and in completing the smallest of tasks, he has competed in the New York marathon twice as well as the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia and won first place in the Body For Life Inspiration Category. The first person to do this outside of the US.
Jared is fiercely independent and lives alone, leading a very active life.
For those who know him, he truly is an inspiration!
He is someone who rises everytime he falls, beats all the odds as well as every challenge that comes his way and has a smile that is incredibly infectious.
Recently I passed him pushing his mobility scooter up hill. The second of two donated second hand scooters. On stopping he informed me that his current scooter regularly breaks down, it won't hold a charge long enough to get to the shopping centre and home, going up a hill depletes the battery - including his own drive, and the brakes no longer work.
With staying home not being an option for such an active guy and gym junkie like Jared, he does whatever it takes to keep attending his course, the gym, shops and his social activities. Logistically for him the options are riding his unsafe scooter (and he still does), walking for hours with his frame in the heat of the Gold Coast sun, catching buses and getting lifts from others.
Just two weeks ago, I picked Jared up walking more than 5 kilometers from his home in above 30 degree heat. He told me then that he is saving his money for a new Easy Rider Scooter. Excited by the possibility, on his disability pension he is able to save $10 each week. He now has a total of $160 dollars saved to date and is committed to his goal.
The Easy Rider Scooter is more than $6700 and both you and I know that it will literally be years before he's likey to be able to afford one!
So this is where I believe 'we' can do something awesome together. ......
Together we could purchase Jared's scooter for him (as a surprise), and before the new year! What do you think?
Will you help me, by donating what ever you can to buy his scooter? Doesn't matter how much you can donate as every bit will be that much closer for Jared to get his scooter.
The Easy Rider mobility scooter is a fitting vehicle for a 46 year old guy. It is sturdy, as Jared's lifestyle will mean it will be put to the test), it looks pretty cool, will handle clocking up the many klm's Jared will require of it and will serve him well for a number of years.
Now he doesn't know we are doing this (I've only asked the permission of his parents) and please I'd like to keep it a surprise! This means you and everyone else will get to witness him receiving his gift from us all in a video I will post up on the day the scooter is delivered to his door. You will definately make a difference to the life of such an incredible guy.
Please donate what you can now to help get Jared's mobility scooter and improve the quality of his life significantly.
Thank you so much :)
Here is the update from this morning. It was such a privilege to see Jared receive his new mobility scooter. D'Arcy from Scooters and Mobility delivered it much to Jared's total surprise! It took him a little bit to realise that it was actually HIS and from all of you!!!!! He was overwhelmed and over the moon at the same time. Such a wonderful difference you have all made. And like Jared said "Thank you form the bottom of my heart!"
It was not a good day to have technical issues (this is why I have posted this late sorry. And couldn't live feed as we planned, so my apologies about that.
With all that was fundraised, his total surprise package today from the GoFundMe included:
His Easy Rider Mobility Scooter with the following extras - A bag on the back for his gym gear, a canopy, drink holder, bracket to carry his walker, special key cut to enable better grip for Jared, 12 months scooter insurance paid for, a special KISA mobile phone with pre programmed numbers with 6 months of tracking and a 12 months mobile plan paid, RACQ membership for 12 months, new iPad air 2 with 2 years data and protective case and wireless keyboard.
Such a wonderful surprise for him. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS. I will also post a video of it all soon but for now here is a few words from Jared. https://vimeo.com/196946398
Have a wonderful CHRISTMAS EVERYONE and thank you again.
PLEASE HELP KEEP IT A SURPRISE FOR JARED!
This Saturday morning it will be delivered to our house where we will be having an early Christmas breakfast. This is something we do most years so he won't be expecting anything out of the ordinary.
It is then the the owner (D'Arcy) of Scooters and Mobility (who has been so been so amazing and has looked after us so well) will deliver the scooter as a surprise. I have also managed to get some additional things that Jared needs with the additional funds that have been raised. This includes a special mobile phone with pre-programmed numbers and 12 months phone plan paid for him and a tablet etc
Can't wait to see his face! If you'd like to be there when he receives his scooter you are welcome to come. Just message me privately and I will give you the details.
Remember to keep it a surprise for Jared!!!!
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
Well done everyone.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
Stay tuned now for the big surprise and posts leading up to it.
From the bottom of our hearts - Thank you!
Can't wait to SURPRISE HIM with it.
Keep sharing the campaign around please so everyone who might want to contribute can.
Feeling extremely humbled by all your generosity and know Jared's Mum & Dad feel the same.
Thank you all so very much.
Here's a couple of pictures of the mean machine waiting now for the final payment!
Hi Bobbi..I'm assuming your're an australian and entitled to all the benefits and support systems available here. Unfortunately we immigrated from NZ after 2001 when the australian government reduced the benefits that NZ ers living here were entitled to. Our son is not entitled to the same support that you are, as we found out after we came here. So, no scam, just a good person like Niki who saw a need and responded to it. Most of the donars were family and friends who know our family or know Jared. He has made lots of friends himself since we moved here. We are very grateful that he can have the same quality of life that you enjoy with your scooter and ramps. All the best.
I too am disabled. Why couldn't Jared contact the Independent Living Centre or some such other organization. They do funding for disability scooters. That's how I got my Easy Rider Rocky IV and ramps into my home at no cost to myself. The other place he could have contacted is the Disability Commission who also provide funding. There's many places in Australia that will help out a disabled person who is not able to get around. Good for everyone who donated but this was unnecessary. This just confused the heck out of me and makes me wonder if this was a scam?
That is so awesome, it's really made my day to see how happy that has made Jared, and what a huge difference it will make to his independence. Well done everyone! Best money I ever spent! :)
Donated. Awesome stuff Jared!! I still remember that amazing smile after 20 years. Ex CCNZ student xx