[tweetmeme only_single=false http://www.URL.com]Right now there are 6,500 young people with high care needs living in aged care facilities* simply because there are very limited alternatives. A further 700,000 young people are cared for at home by family and friends.**
John Tassone is one such person. At the age of 15 he had a devastating rugby league accident, resulting in quadriplegia. He is now reliant on family and friends for all his care needs, meaning he isn’t always able to live the independent, young life others his age take for granted. You can read his story here on MamaMia’s blog.
But donning thongs this long weekend could make a difference.
Today (and extending over the weekend) is youngcare Thong Day – an opportunity to help people like John by donating to and spreading awareness for youngcare, an organisation fighting for the rights of young people like John to live young lives.
Youngcare CEO Marina Vit said youngcare is delighted by the incredible support across the country, with hundreds of individuals and businesses supporting the charity by purchasing youngcare thongs or hosting their own ‘Thong-a-Thons’ at work and at home.
“Thongs represent youth, freedom, fun and an Australian way of life, all things that young people deserve to experience, regardless of their care needs. Each person supporting Thong Day this weekend is making an invaluable contribution to the lives of young Australians with full time care needs.”
To find out where to buy youngcare thongs in your area or donate directly to youngcare visit http://www.thongday.com.au/.
*The Senate Community Affairs Committee 2005 **Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2007