On December 3rd, people worldwide unite to observe the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a significant United Nations day dedicated to enhancing community awareness, understanding and acceptance for individuals with disabilities.
IDPwD in Australia: a collaborative celebration
In Australia, IDPwD is a collaborative effort involving government bodies, schools, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals. It serves as an annual opportunity to contribute to the creation of an inclusive and diverse community for the 4.4 million Australians living with disabilities.
OnePassport’s personal commitment
At OnePassport, our commitment to supporting people with disabilities is deeply rooted in personal experience. Our CEO, Michael Maher, underwent a severe stroke over 12 months ago. His journey of struggle and recovery is documented on his website, ‘The Disabled CEO,’ offering a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of his path.
Meaningful fundraising initiatives
As part of our ongoing commitment, OnePassport has undertaken two meaningful fundraising projects.
- Supporting ParaMatildas player Nicole Christodoulou
Nicole recently led her team to victory (and was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament!) in the International Federation of CP Football (IFCPF) Asia-Oceania Cup. Through our fundraising efforts, including a GoFundMe campaign, we raised over $9000 to support Nicole’s journey in the ParaMatildas.
- Acquiring a second stroke ambulance in Melbourne
Our ‘Buy Me A Coffee‘ campaign aims to fund a second Mobile Stroke Unit in Melbourne. This fully-equipped specialist Ambulance Victoria vehicle plays a crucial role in providing rapid diagnosis and treatment for stroke patients. The unit includes a built-in CT scanner, and a dedicated team including paramedics, a CT radiographer, a stroke neurologist and a stroke nurse specialist. To date, we’ve raised close to $1000 towards this essential initiative.
Join us in making a difference
We invite you to join us in making a difference. Consider sparing the cost of a cup of coffee to contribute to either of these causes. Your support matters, as anyone around you could be living with a disability and may need the assistance we aim to provide. Please also share this blog to raise as much awareness as possible.
Together for inclusivity
Let’s come together on this International Day of People with Disability to create a world where inclusivity is not just a goal but a reality for everyone.