NEW FREEDOM: Alstonville’s David Molan and his daughter Georgia are ready to go for a ride in the Molan family’s new wheelchair-accessible car, bought with the support of the community.
NEW FREEDOM: Alstonville’s David Molan and his daughter Georgia are ready to go for a ride in the Molan family’s new wheelchair-accessible car, bought with the support of the community. Graham Broadhead

Donated car means Georgia can get about

GOING for a family drive is something the Molan family can really enjoy.

It's something many take for granted - but it's been difficult for the Alstonville family because Georgia Molan, who has an acquired brain injury, is confined to a wheelchair, and travel in the family station wagon was difficult to impossible.

But thanks to a community appeal, the family now has an imported custom-made wheelchair-accessible Toyota Alphard, bought through a specialist Brisbane dealer, with a value of $39,000.

It's a 10-year-old model, with a ramp at the rear and hydraulics that lower the back of the car.

David said he was very grateful to all those who had contributed to the Wheels for Georgia Appeal, which kicked off with a trivia night organised by David's workmates at Coles, Alstonville, in November 2012.

Other funding has come from donation tins at Coles supermarkets, service clubs and other organisations.

David said the family, even though they began planning to replace their Commodore station wagon two years ago, could never have achieved their goal so quickly by themselves.

"This reminds us that people still have a heart," he said.

"We (David's wife, son and Georgia) can just go for a drive," he said. "Georgia has been for more drives in the last month than she has in the past year."

There was $700 left over from the Wheels for Georgia Appeal, which the Molans have given to another family trying to raise money for a specialised wheelchair for their daughter, who has a form of muscular dystrophy.


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