Peter is part of a large contingent of NSW polio campaigners heading to Canberra on Wednesday, 26th June 2013.

John Tierney, Peter Garde, Gillian Thomas and Neil von Schill lobbying in Canberra in June 2011

Whilst I have not had polio myself, I nevertheless supported and assisted in the 1989 establishment of the Post-Polio Network (NSW) (now known as Polio NSW), and the 2007 establishment of Polio Australia. I have been involved as a volunteer for both organisations ever since. That has included regular visits to Canberra since 2007 to help lobby on behalf of polio survivors and carers for support and services. I also lobby for funding for Polio Australia.

How have the late effects of polio impacted on you?

For thirty-five years I have been the sole carer for a polio survivor who can now no longer live independently due to the late effects of the disease. I am witness to the deterioration in physical condition and general well-being, and as a result the increasing support needs, of polio survivors. As a sole carer I am particularly aware that my activities for each and every day must be organised around caring responsibilities. I cannot afford any unexpected hold-ups, accidents, absences, sickness, temporary physical impairment or declining fitness because of the immediate negative impact on care arrangements.

Why are you going to Canberra?

To support polio survivors in their quest for equal rights under the NDIS, and funding for Polio Australia.

Please send Peter a message of support for his Canberra campaign by making a comment below.


Peter Garde ~ Canberra Campaign Hero — 1 Comment

  1. G’day Peter. What a trooper ! Being a carer is a full time commitment and you’re right. There’s no time to be ill or delayed and with self care being frequently neglected.

    Sorry I can’t help you with paper shuffling this year in Canberra. My budget won’t allow a visit after very recently attending my niece’s wedding in Far North Queensland. As a carer, I can’t call on my brother-in-law again so soon.

    Thank you for your commitment to Polio Australia, Polio NSW and all polio survivors. Your efforts are appreciated.

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