Get Patrick Moving

$5,455 of $115,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 35 months
I need your help to get behind the wheel of a drive-from-wheelchair car ... and truly change my life!

I’m Patrick. I’m a 28-year-old high school teacher working on the Sunshine Coast and I have cerebral palsy. I love my job and it's my dream to drive myself to and from work.

I need to take my electric wheelchair everywhere I go and rely on people (mostly mum) to drive me around in our family wagon. Weighing 80 kilos, it can’t be lifted, so mum wheels it manually up on ramps – which is hard work, although she’s a master at it.

There is a solution: put me in the driving seat. But there’s a hitch ... the $175k pricetag for my first car.

While some people’s first cars can cost as little as $500, mine is going to cost in excess of $175k. It needs to be a van to fit the wheelchair (a big expense already!), and it needs about 6 months worth of modifications (another big expense). Even with some help from government disability funding & my own savings, I'm still short about $115k.

I’ve taken the first steps: got my learners license, found a company (based in Melbourne) that can convert the van for my needs, had the fittings, and got the quotes.

That’s where I need your help, to raise money for a converted vehicle that I can drive solo.

Like everyone knows – a car can make a real difference to your ability to be mobile. If I can drive myself, then I can not only go places but finally be able to do it by myself.

Every little bit helps & offline donations are also welcome. I might take you for a spin if you’re lucky. But NO BACKSEAT DRIVERS!

What does the car look like?

Converting a VW Multivan allows me to drive without getting out of my wheelchair. The van will be fitted with an electronic rear access tailgate (with a ramp I can operate myself), hand controls and a mechanism for my wheelchair to lock into the driver’s position automatically before starting the engine.


My first car will mean I can …

- drive myself to and from work (that's 200km a week!)
- get involved with other activities at the Sunshine Coast University, networking groups and professional development
- help with the grocery shopping – watch out MKR!
- visit friends and go to the movies, without asking someone to drive me.

I appreciate your support and will keep you updated as I get moving!

Thank you, Patrick! Toot toot.

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Hi everyone,

It was World Cerebral Palsy Day this week & also the start of the final school term for 2016!

World CP day is a global movement for children and adults with cerebral palsy. As a person with CP I’m so pleased to see it getting this sort of global attention.

I'm also pleased that the first week of term is already over. That means only another 1800km of driving to & from work for 2016. Only 9 weeks until mum can switch off the alarm clock over summer & hang up the keys.

And hopefully by World CP Day in 2017, I’ll be driving myself to & from work!

I've spent the weekend gathering information on the car modifications & will share some more details on what has to occur under the hood next weekend.

In the meantime, have a great weekend & thanks again for your continued support.

Toot-toot, Patrick
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What car allows me to get behind the wheel from my wheelchair?

A modified VW Transporter.

The VW Transporter is big enough that I can drive up a ramp at the back & directly into the driver’s seat – without hitting my head!

There’s also room for plenty of passengers – so I’ll be calling round to take all of my wonderful supporters out for a spin as soon as I’m behind the wheel.

I’ll share more details of the modification in coming weeks, but wanted to let you know a little about the car I’m looking to purchase.

It’s based on the original VW Beetle Kombi vans. I always love seeing those vans on the road. They’ve carried everything from surfboards to backpackers to grey nomads and now the new generation van is the perfect vehicle for my drive from wheelchair car.

It’s also the best-selling van in history with over 12 million sold worldwide. Hopefully we can make that 12 million & one very soon.

Toot toot, Patrick
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What car allows me to get behind the wheel from my wheelchair?

A modified VW Transporter.

The VW Transporter is big enough that I can drive up a ramp at the back & directly into the driver’s seat – without hitting my head!

There’s also room for plenty of passengers – so I’ll be calling round to take all of my wonderful supporters out for a spin as soon as I’m behind the wheel.

I’ll share more details of the modification in coming weeks, but wanted to let you know a little about the car I’m looking to purchase.

It’s based on the original VW Beetle Kombi vans. I always love seeing those vans on the road. They’ve carried everything from surfboards to backpackers to grey nomads and now the new generation van is the perfect vehicle for my drive from wheelchair car.

It’s also the best-selling van in history with over 12 million sold worldwide. Hopefully we can make that 12 million & one very soon.

Toot toot, Patrick
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Thank you to everyone who has made a donation, whether you've made it online or via EFT. I appreciate every contribution.

If you have any questions or would prefer to make a contribution via EFT, please message me or contact me directly for details.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but it's been an incredibly busy school term and I've also been quite unwell. On the road to recovery now and back on to getting me moving.

It's the school holidays, so a chance for a break from work and time to catch up with family in Melbourne and visit the car modifiers to see what needs to be done next to get me moving.

Lots still to organise, but every day getting one step closer to being behind the wheel.

I'm hoping to be well on the road by this time next year & perhaps dropping in for a visit.

Toot toot, Patrick
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Raised by 59 people in 35 months
Created May 20, 2016
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Stella Clark
21 months ago

Good Luck Patrick. Hope you get there

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Steph Scott
28 months ago

Hi Patrick, this donation is from our Lovesweats 'Sweat for the Good Stuff' sessions at Nimbus & Co. xx

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