I WILL NOT GIVE UP until I have reach my target of $150,000. What on earth could possibly cost that much? you ask ! …. A Van ! Yes you read it right A Van. A Volkswagen Comfortline people mover.
Your still asking WHY, HOW, WHAT …..
- WHY HOW WHAT
- Volkswagen Comfortline approximately $50,000 (must have the remote sliding doors from factory)
- The fit out which includes – removal of the entire interior, drop the floor level from the last row of seats in the rear of the vehicle right through to the front of vehicle. Addition of passenger seat that is removable and on wheel tracks so it can be place in the drivers position for able body drivers. Remote control ramp to be installed on passenger side of vehicle. Safety pin placed on driver side for wheelchair driver to lock into while in wheelchair. Handcontrols to be added to suit my needs as a driver. I will NOT be using the steering wheel to drive.
- There are other details and items that will be added too … $100,000
Now let me just say, that $150,000 is a figure given to me a few years ago. As you can imagine and I’m almost certain of, the longer it takes me to reach my target of $150,000, the more the price will rise. You can now understand my frustration.
The government will kindly give me $10,000 towards the finally costs of my vehicle.
I have so many people question the costs of this type of vehicle. They don’t understand that this vehicle is designed around my needs, so I’m able to drive for another 10 years. It’s not something you can just go and purchase off the shelf so to speak. Think about what I said at the beginning, I will NOT be using the steering wheel to drive, it will be a joystick and a few other buttons added so I don’t have to lift my arms while driving. This is the case for the accelerator too, yep joysticks, a bit like playing Playstation …. lol
I have finally reached the half way mark, just another 75,000 to go. I pray I have the strength to keep going. This Van is my independence. A friend asked me the other day “what will I do when there’s no more fundraising? ” I replied “Honestly I haven’t a clue” What I want to do once I have my Van is something to help others out there who would love to travel but don’t think they can. I want a job traveling the state or Australia and find the real accessible rooms and apartments in holiday accommodations around our country. I’ve stayed in a few places that say wheelchair accessible, yet haven’t a clue what that really means.
That’s another story for another day.
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