The Sargood Foundation works to provide equipment, facilities, and subsidised stays at Sargood on Collaroy for guests who otherwise could not afford this valuable experience.
The Foundation is committed to supporting those living with spinal cord injury over the forthcoming year and we have allocated resources to fund the following grants program alongside our efforts to meet the ongoing demand for new equipment which allows us to offer our guests the chance to experience new activities and experiences which are critically important when you spend all day, every day, in a chair.
We will also facilitate support for those who receive inadequate insurance support – sometimes extending their stay or including much appreciated activities. A break at Sargood can bring together a family that has been through difficult times.
The 2020/21 grants program includes:
Over 65’s Grants to stay at Sargood – When someone over 65 suffers a spinal cord injury, their insurance cover and Aged Care pension is unable to provide for a stay at Sargood on Collaroy. Many people who acquire their injury later in life are unable to fulfill their dreams of travel and their savings are used to fund the equipment and supplies needed to support a life with SCI. The Sargood Foundation believes that this situation is inequitable and so we will again fund the Colin Apps Memorial Grants program to June 2021. Each grant is for a 5-night stay at Sargood on Collaroy for an Australian resident aged over 65 years with spinal cord injury and demonstrated financial hardship.
Travel Grants – Often insurance will just cover the cost of the guest’s stay at Sargood and so the Foundation will continue to provide travel grants to help those in financial distress get to Sargood. A stay at Sargood is more than just a holiday for those who live with spinal cord injury. Our beautiful resort provides guests, their partner, friend, and/or attendant care workers with much-needed respite, refreshment, and relaxation. It is also a place of learning, where guests gain confidence, skills, and the empowerment to live full and rewarding lives.
Gym Memberships – Again, we intend to continue this funding through 2020/21 with the Foundation supporting gym memberships. This provides health and fitness benefits alongside fellowship and company which is very meaningful to people who live with spinal cord injury as they can often experience extreme isolation and loneliness.
Golf Weekend Grant – Thanks to the donation received from Long Reef Gold Club, we were able to award the inaugural John Mullins grant in March – repeat grants will be available 2020/21
Staff Award – Our best asset is our staff and so The Sargood Foundation is proud to launch our recognition program for employees of Sargood on Collaroy who have shown outstanding work in their sincerity of care, and service to our guests. This grant is named after Sheree Hurley who was a great friend of Sargood on Collaroy. In the early days of development, Sheree was instrumental in giving practical advice and encouragement to the team