Wheels for Wisma Mulia !
To enable a group of elderly people otherwise stuck in their rooms at the Wisma Mulia retirement home to get out in the community.
Most are quite disabled. In the countryside, buses are scarce.
Target: £12,000 for a Skoda Fabia to take people shopping trips, on outings - or to the dentist
August 2011 - January 2012
Charity information: Paula Hallett Wisma Mulia Trust
Wisma Mulia had a car for taking residents on short trips and outings. But now this aging vehicle is worn out and will have to be replaced.
Most of the 25 residents can only walk 300 to 400 yards or much less, and some are very disabled and in wheelchairs. Even if there were more buses - only 3 a day go directly through the village, most can't use them.
A new car means mobility once again. More freedom - more outings - which equals happy residents ! Being able to get out and about is really important for residents' wellbeing. It transforms how they feel about living at Wisma Mulia, because they know they can get away if they want to. It's a lovely home - but who wants to be permanently 'housebound' ?
As one lady said, 'The 'House Car', as we call it, was 'A real life line.'
To raise £12,000 to buy a new car, enabling residents of Wisma Mulia to get out and about.
Activities» In August 2011: Fundraising at a conference in Malvern - bric a brac stall, benefit gig, public appeal from stage. Raising an estimated £2000.
» September 2011; Garden Party at Wisma Mulia. Selling, kids' fun activities, food, raffle. Raising an estimated £1000.
» Writing to charitable trusts for donations - Lloyds TSC, Odin, Laing ...
» Writing to individuals to involve them in pledging and donating via the Big Give Christmas Challenge.
What success will look like
Success will be when a group of happy people pile into that car and go somewhere they want to be !
The change will be in the sense of well-being Wisma Mulia residents feel when they can get out and about. (We may be able to rent a car till the old House Car is replaced, but clearly this isn't a solution for the long term.)
Success will be in the smiles of people when they set out for a theatre outing, or come back with their bags and packages from an enjoyable shopping trip. It means people living longer, and having a better quality of life.
The only risk one could foresee is if we didn't meet our target. And that would be a shame.
As it is, I believe that we have set the plans in place to meet our target. (And The Big Give can help.)
When the target is met and the House Car purchased donors will get a Thank You letter - and a photo of residents with the new car.
Budget - Project Cost: £12,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,000 House Car Purchasing a car for use of retirement home residents for short outings.
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Susila Dharma (Britain) £2,000 Conditional
Based at Wisma Mulia retirement home in Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire, 11 miles from Gloucester. A beautiful village, peaceful and friendly, but 2 miles from a main road, and with only 3 buses every 24 hours. Nearest small town is 5 miles away.
The 25 residents of Wisma Mulia. Average age: in the mid-80s. Several in their 90s, and one lady is 102. Most are not wealthy, and have part of their accommodation fees paid for by Local Authority. (This is a private but not-for-profit retirement home, run by a small Housing Association.)
24 of the 25 have no car. Most can only walk short distances, and several are very disabled.
The Paula Hallett Wisma Mulia Trust was founded with a legacy from a former resident of the retirement home as a Thank You for her happy life there. The Trust exists for the sole person of providing for the needs of residents and of alleviating hardship.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Fundraiser for Paula Hallett Wisma Mulia Trust Co-ordinating fundraising for PHWMT.
Philip James, Wisma Mulia's manager Efficient and caring. Instrumental in helping organise fundraising events, like Garden Parties and sales.
Chair of Paula Hallett Wisma Mulia Trust. Important for ability to listen to residents' needs - and also her contacts with potential donors.
'Now I no longer drive, Wisma Mulia's car is a source of independence.''