Peter Garde ~ Canberra Campaign Hero
Peter is part of a large contingent of NSW polio campaigners heading to Canberra on Wednesday, 29th October 2014.
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.
Great to see your web page, and the on-going story of your care for Gilly. I am greatly heartened by your quest, as I know what a fighter Gilly was, and from the sound of it, still is. She still looks just as I remember her, with that infectious smile on her face 🙂
Please do give her my best wishes, and to you both, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!