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About our Unfunded Projects Initiative

Our Unfunded Projects initiative includes any project undertaken by Rural Lifestyle Options Australia which adds value to the lives of the people we support, which we do not receive any funding for. Every dollar we raise through our Unfunded Projects counts and contributes toward supporting a person with a disability living in a rural or regional community.

 

Our Unfunded Projects, as listed below are only made possible through the generosity of members within our community, generous employees and utilising the organisations cash reserves.

 

Contributions from Preloved Homewares Op Shop purchases, Play For Purpose ticket sales, bequests, donations, in-kind support from local businesses, fundraising events, our Workplace Giving programs all assist in bringing our Unfunded Projects into fruition.


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Project 14: Aigo Standing Transfer Aid

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s fourteenth Unfunded Project is an Aigo Standing Transfer Aid. This piece of equipment is complementary to electric lift systems as it aids the transfer of persons with reduced mobility who have some weight-bearing capacity in the lower limbs, muscular capacity in the upper limbs, and the ability to understand simple instructions. It provides a safe means of transfer from a bed to a chair or from a bed to a bathroom with the help of a Lifestyle Support Worker. The user's participation helps to maintain their independence.

Total project cost is $2,000

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 

Project 13: Upgrades to existing medical equipment

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s thirteenth Unfunded Project was for essential upgrades to our existing medical equipment within our respite accommodation. We have been operating for over 25 years and without the continued support of the local communities we serve, and grants from local community groups and government bodies, we would not have been able to achieve as much as we have. Despite assisting guests for several years, due to wear and tear, we needed to upgrade our fully automatic hospital bed, manual hoist, and transfer board to provide the best support we can to our participants. 

Total project cost was $8,000

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 

Project 12: Emergency Respite 

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s twelfth Unfunded Project provided emergency short-term accommodation (respite) to a young man in the 2018/2019 financial year, who at no fault of his own became homeless. Funding under the NDIS was not able to cover the shortfall until permanent supports and accommodation were put in place.  Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s commitment was to ensure the young man was not homeless until a permanent housing solution was sourced.

Total project cost was $116,000

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia used our own cash reserves to ensure this project was completed.

Project 11: New Accommodation House 

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s eleventh Unfunded Project was for the cost of materials, labour and trades for the newly established wheelchair accessible accommodation house within the Scenic Rim. Through generous donations we were able to convert a building into a newly renovated five bedroom fully accessible residence for four lovely young people we have the privilege of supporting. 

Total project cost was $18,320

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 

 

Project 10: Ceiling Hoist Purchase and Installation

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia's tenth Unfunded Project involves the installation and purchase of a Ceiling Hoist system designed to facilitate safe, comfortable and dignified transfers of people. Ceiling Hoists are used to transfer people between two locations (e.g. between a chair and a bed). A ceiling hoist comprises of a track which is fitted to the ceiling and an electrically powered lifting motor, which is also attached to a sling. A special thank you to Bentleys Chartered Accountants, who fundraised $3200 internally toward this project, the Beaudesert RSL Services Club, who contributed $2,000 toward this project and the Stronger Communities Grant Programme who funded the remaining $3,800 to make this project a reality.

Total project cost was $9,000 

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 

 

Project 9: Improvements to Social Hub Drop In Centre  

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s ninth Unfunded Project was purchasing additional items such as the basketball hoop, volleyball equipment, gaming machine, coffee machine and frothier for our newly opened social hub drop-in centre where friends have a safe space to meet in their local community where they can access a range of equipment and the venue is also wheelchair friendly.

Total project cost was $1,268.92

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 

 

Project 8: Christmas Party 2017

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s eighth Unfunded Project was to host a Christmas Party for participants, families and staff. Through generous donations we were able to hire a Photo Booth, Video Jukebox, Musical Act, Balloon Twister and Face Painter. We were also able to provide dinner through catering by BeanTo. A special thanks to the Scenic Rim Regional Council for funding the venue through a $1,000 grant and the Birnam Rural Fire Brigade for volunteering their time and bringing Santa to the party on a fire truck!  

Total project cost was $4,281

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 

 

Project 7: Unfunded Mental Health Supports

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s seventh Unfunded Project was for providing essential support services to a young man in the 2016/2017 financial year who due to a decline in his mental health required additional support. Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s commitment was to not disadvantage this young man, who at no fault of his own required more support.

Total project cost was $140,990

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia used our own cash reserves to ensure this project was completed.

 

Project 6: Unfunded Transport Supports

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s sixth Unfunded Project was for providing free and subsided transportation in the 2016/2017 financial year, to participants and families residing in the Logan, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and Ipswich regions prior to their transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Often, participants are isolated in regional areas and without essential transportation services they are not able to achieve their goals. 

Total project cost was $276,717

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia used our own cash reserves to ensure this project was completed.

 

Project 5: Improvements to Lifestyle Supports

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s fifth Unfunded Project was for Improvements to Lifestyle Supports. Bentleys Chartered Accountants, a Brisbane based accounting, tax, advisory, audit and insolvency firm who previously had assisted us by fundraising internally for our second Unfunded Project, this year successfully fundraised $1740 to assist the organisation in this endeavour. The fundraising purchases included new shelving, dinner and cutlery sets, cooking equipment, new bedding, new towels and storage containers to be used across Jade Cottage Activity Centre and our Emerald House Respite Retreat. These items will provide greater opportunities for growth and personal development for our participants. 

Total project cost was $1740

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to Bentleys Chartered Accountants, who fundraised for this project.

 

Project 4: Renovations to Respite Rooms

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s fourth Unfunded Project was for the cost of materials, labour and new furniture for a balinese inspired respite room located in our Emerald House Respite Retreat. Rural Lifestyle Options Australia provides overnight respite for people with a disability to provide their carers with a break to help recharge their batteries so they can continue their caring role. Although the primary purpose of respite is to allow the carers to have some much needed time off from their caring roles, it’s also an opportunity for their loved one to have a break from mum and dad and experience things they might not normally get to do.


Total project cost was $6000

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia used our own cash reserves to ensure this project was completed.

​Project 3: Renovated Living Room in Respite Retreat

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s third Unfunded Project was a renovation to the living room inside our Emerald House Respite Retreat. The renovation included painting a feature wall, painting the walls, repairing and restoring the flooring, installation of a TV aerial, the mounting of a television on the wall, a new blind, a new rug, a new large sofa, new throw cushions and two beautiful new prints which are reflective of our rural heritage. 

 

Total project cost was $5000

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia used our own cash reserves to ensure this project was completed.

 

​Project 2: Mobi-Chair

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia's second Unfunded Project was a Mobi-Chair which is a floating beach wheelchair designed to provide a seamless transition from boardwalk-to-beach-to water. The chair itself has armrests and wheels comprised of flotation materials enabling the chair to fully float in any water. Through your generous donations we met our fundraising target of $3664 for this project. Additionally, Rural Lifestyle Options Australia contributed the remaining $1506 required to make this project a reality.

 

Total project cost was $5170

 

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project. 
 

​Project 1: Sensory Room

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia's first Unfunded Project was a sensory room which is designed to enhance a person’s sight, sense of sound, touch and smell. This is achieved through the use of aids which can be incorporated within a supportive environment which is specifically designed with special lighting, music, and sensory objects that can therapeutically benefit learning for children and adults with all types of needs. Through your generous donations we met our fundraising target of $5852.71. Additionally, Rural Lifestyle Options Australia have contributed $6,182.41 towards the paneling, painting and electrical work required to get the sensory room prepared.

 

Total project cost was $12,036  

 

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted us in fundraising for this project.