Social inclusion and community involvement for people with disability is a big part of our organisational vision at The Tipping Foundation. It’s also a key aspect of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Last month the residents of a Tipping house in Drouin went on an adventure to Adelaide, thanks to a RACV Community Foundation Grant. This grant has made it possible for us to facilitate a number of outings for our clients, such as attending AFL matches, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and a trip to explore Phillip Island.
Lynette, Debbie and Jenny, joined by a couple of support staff, took The Overland train to Adelaide on a Tuesday. They were all very excited and loved being able to have lunch and buy souvenirs on the train. The total journey from Southern Cross, Melbourne to Adelaide was approximately 10 hours, in which time they were able to see some of Australia’s best rugged landscape and many native animals.
Once they arrived in Adelaide and made it to the holiday accommodation, everyone unpacked, got settled and had a quiet night after the long journey. The next day the group explored the beautiful city of Adelaide and did some shopping. The following day they all went to The Adelaide Zoo, which the residents were really excited about, as seeing the pandas had been on their bucket lists! They also managed to see the monkeys, meerkats, tigers, otters, emus and many others. Their last few days in Adelaide saw them at the South Australian Museum, Harbour Town for some shopping, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.
The group had a “ripper” time in Adelaide and are very grateful for the opportunity that the RACV Community Foundation Grant gave them.