Wheeling and Able Celebrating 80 Years!

About Wheeling & Able

Birthdays and anniversaries serve to remind us of our journey to date – our achievements and our challenges. Wheeling & Able has certainly has its share of both.

In 1932 the end of the great depression was near and the Hunter was becoming a powerhouse of industry and resources. This stimulated significant population growth in the greater Newcastle to about 104,000. This was almost double what it had been just 20 years before at the outbreak of World War I.

It was also a time where local people really started seeing the value in community.

In 1930 Newcastle Rotary Club surveyed the local community and identified 95 children who were physically handicapped in the district but had little or no community support.  The children were examined by the medical board and those who required treatment were admitted to hospital and surgical appliances were made for those who needed them.

In 1932, at a public meeting convened by the Mayor of Newcastle, the Newcastle and District Association for Crippled Children was established to provide support services to children and their families.

Of course things change and fortunately so does language – hence a more suitable name of Wheeling & Able. Our charter is simple – get local kids mobile.

We are a registered charity, provide financial assistance to over 400 children and their families in the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions which helps them to purchase prescribed equipment such as; wheelchairs, standing frames, orthotics, mobility equipment, technology to support education and therapies as well as every day living aids.

Since our inception, we have assisted more than 16,000 children under the age of 21and their families. Last year alone, we provided equipment, aids and therapies to the value of $220,000.00.

We are asking one small favour…. Please think of us!

We do not receive any funding from governments and while we have a number of wonderful people and businesses who generously provide their time and resources to help us, we are working off revenue that we achieved when we sold Weeroona Holiday Home in Belmont Bay almost 20 years ago. Unfortunately, over the years donations have reduced and this has had an impact on the amount of funding we can offer families.

Please think of us when your organisation and staff are considering;

  • Holding a fundraising corporate event
  • Payroll giving – where staff contribute as little as $2 a week from their pay (tax deductible)
  • A collection tin the staff tea room or a mufti day

In return for this favour of thinking of us… we promise to truly value your support.

Thank you
Karen Phillips
Executive Officer