REGISTER YOUR DREAM
WE WANT TO HELP MAKE YOUR DREAM A REALITY
What is something you have always wanted to?
What is a dream activity? It’s an something to do, a place to see, or an event to attend, that you have always wanted to do or experience but haven’t had the opportunity or the money to be able to make it happen. We can also help you get an instrument, game or item that you have always dreamed of.
We would like to help make our dream a reality.
What is your dream?
Do you love the water? – Would you like to go on a speed boat, a fishing boat or a sailing boat? Do you want to day trip to the beach for a swim? Or go under the water diving or snorkeling? On the East coast we have annual winter migration of whales, do you want to whale watching? Do you want to swim with the dolphins?
Do you love the mountains – Do you dream of going horseback riding or on a walking adventure inland? Or take some photos from the top of a lookout with the nice drive to get there.
Do you love the tourist attractions? – Have you been to visit the Big Banana, the Big Shrimp, the Big Pineapple or the Big Lobster, is it your dream to see them all? Do you dream of going to the car races or attending local Festivals? Did you always want to fly in a helicopter or float up in a hot air balloon? There theme parks around Australia, if that is your dream to go and you can make it a day trip, we would be happy to help you get there if we can.
Do you love animals? Do you dream about seeing a huge tiger, feeding the kangaroos, being close to the sharks or cuddling a koala? If the Zoo or animal park is near you and you can make it a day trip, then we can help with tickets and animal experiences.
Do you love the arts and shows? Is your favourite band playing in your area and it would be a dream come true to see them live? Do you dream of going to a theatre and seeing the shows on the stage? There are so many art festivals on year round. If it is your dream to go, then Register your Dream below.
Tell us your dream activity, we would love to make it happen
OUR GOAL IS TO HELP
LIVE THEIR DREAMS
We want to go to the next level of helping the people we support by making their dreams a reality.
We all deserve to “Love our lives and Live our dreams’, sometimes we just need a little help to figure out how to make it happen. Here at UDC we want provide an enriched life for the people we support.
Loving our life means something different to everyone. For some it is just as easy as feeling we are heard, having a dream come true, having something to look forward to and having great stories to share with your friends.
The mission: To make dreams come true.
If you receive support services from United Disability Care, then let’s start a conversation about your dreams. With your family, friends or support worker write down what your dreams are. Support team – lets all get behind this mission to support them to Register their Dream.
Only people that receive support services from United Disability Care can register their dream, which done by filling in the form below.
Tell us your dream, why you want to do it and why you have not been able to do it so far. Is it a dream you have had for a while or something you have always wanted to do in your life? We will do our very best to comply with the spirit of the request, however UDC does reserve the right to say no. All dreams that registered will be considered. Please send through as much detail as possible and
See below the dreams we have helped to fufil so far…
REGISTER YOUR DREAM HERE
Tell us about your dream in as much detail as you can, and why this has always been your dream.
If you would like some help with Registering your Dream, please ask your Support Worker for assistance.
If you would like to make a one time donation, click here: https://www.uniteddisability.com.au/donate-now/
Should you wish to purchase one of our fantastic Love your life and Live your dreams t-shirts, email the team at email@example.com with your size and perferred colour and they can advise you of our current stock availability.
Where did ‘Love your life and Live your dreams’ come from?
Greg O’Donnell joined the UDC team in 2018 to assist families with applying for their NDIS supports, after his daughter Kristyn, 31, passed away from a very rare degenerative disease.
Kristyn had been in UDC’s care for a long time and her passion and optimism touched the hearts of our staff. Kristyn was determined that her illness would not control her life, and she went out into the world to actively make sure all her dreams came true and this continued once she became confined to a wheelchair.
CEO Sylvia Capps said that ‘Kristyn had her own motto, which is ‘Love your Live, Live your dreams’, we thought that would be perfect as our company “Mission”, but at the time this was just words on paper. Then we realised, that we could really make sure people truly love their lives and live their dreams’. With Greg‘s help the ‘Register your Dream’ concept was created as a way to honour Kristyn’s passion for making the world a better place for those living with disabilities, and to encourage the people we support to dream big.
To be able to pay for each registered dream, we needed to raise some money. We received some very generous donations to get started and some staff donate a small amount each week from their wages. So to ensure a steady stream of funds, Sylvia created the printed t-shirts, which are our fundraising tool to ensure there is enough money to cover each dream item or activity as needed. We will do everything we can to make sure the people we support can have their dreams come true.
Greg passed away in June 2020 and the O’Donnell legacy of ‘Love your Life and Live your Dreams’ is honoured on every t-shirt.
We managed to make seven dreams come true in 2020, with a few activities on hold due to the Covid restrictions. We look forward to making more dreams become reality in 2021.
Greg O’Donnell with his beloved daughter Kristyn O’Donnell.
We made these dreams come true for the people we support
With the kind donations that we have received to the ‘Register your Dream’ campaign, we were able to fulfil these dream requests.
Thank you to each and every person that had donated and continues to donates, ensuring the ongoing success of our dream to improve the lives of the people we support by helping them to love their lives and live their dreams in any way we can.
Pool Table for Mancave
The gents in our Hanover SIL recently refurbished their garage to make a Mancave and registered their dream to have a pool table in their new recreation area.
The pub sized pool table (8ft) was promptly ordered and delivered directly to the Gold Coast home ready for the team to assemble.
The three gents living in the house are completely rapt and it is a dream come true to have their own pool table.
Ride the Steam Train
Paul from Brisbane dreamed of taking a trip on the Gympie
Rattler historic train that travels between Gympie and Amanoor in QLD.
Paul and his Support Worker Nevin had a wonderful day out, it was a really exiting
trip for Paul as it was fulfilling his long-time dream, as Paul loves trains and
old steam trains are his favourite. The return trip from the station at Gympie
was three hours.
After boarding the train, the staff told the whole history and heritage while the train passed through the countryside of little towns and lots of railway crossings.
After lunch Paul spent some time at the small train museum and gift shop.
Walk daughter down the aisle at her wedding
Gordon desperately wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, but having just relocated from TAS to QLD he was out of savings.
Gordon registered his dream and was able to attend.
Firstly they had to buy a suit and shoes to ensure he looked his best.
His support worker Patrick agreed to accompany him to Hobart for the weekend. They flew down from Gold Coast on Friday to Hobart, enjoyed the wedding and returned on Sunday night.
What a privilege to be able to assist Gordon with such a fantastic dream and being able to join his family for such a wonderful occassion.
Brennan dreamed of having his very own lawnmower, trimmer and grass blower. The dream was registered and Area Manager Andrew delivered the equipment to him yesterday. He was super grateful and gave us the big thumbs up and a smile.
Brennan is happiest when engaging in the maintenance of his home and the equipment will really help as they have been borrowing a mower when available. Brennan enjoys keeping busy and being independent.
Myra was thrilled with the opportunity to feed the Tiger with tongs.
Myra said “Oh my gosh, it was so great! It was fabulous! The guy gave us a piece of meat and you had to put it on the gate and they ate it. I was face to face with the tiger, it was so cool. We got to pat one too, I loved it.”
Darren from Adelaide dreamed of going to the Super Car races for the day, so he registered his dream. Alex from our Adelaide office accompanied Darren and his wife to the “The Bend” Motorsport Park last week for the OTR Supersprint races. Darren, pictured on the left, with Alex above, managed to get front row seats in the Grandstand on the Pit straight where they had a fantastic view of the cars.
Ride on a Trike
Crystal dreamed of having close encounters with her favourite animals at the Adelaide Zoo. Accompanied by her Support Worker Kristi, they spend the day at the Zoo where they were treated to a face-to-face encounter with an adorable giraffe.
With the annual passes, she can enjoy her other animal encounters in due time. Looking forward to hearing about feeding the meerkats and the day with the different pandas.
Favourite band in concert
Joanne is the number one fan of the band Human Nature. She dreamed of tickets to see the band live in Adelaide. She has her tickets, the tour has been postponed and she is waiting super patiently for the 2022 tour.
Swim with dolphins
Amy has always dreamed of swimming with the dolphins. This experience absolutely made her year and she told us it was the best thing she has ever done.
Have the dolphins swimming right next to her really was a dream come true.
Visit the Zoo
Andrew enjoys watching animal documentaries on TV, his team supported him to registered his dream to go to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and hold a Koala and have his photo taken.
Touch a Dolphin
Pam requested to meet the dolphins at Sea World, QLD. She was delighted with being able to touch the dolphin during her experience. Pam, picture in pink was also treated to the VIP treatment at the dolphin show!
A member of the Sea World team ushered her to the front row to sit, where she could see all of the action. That show has dolphins doing their tricks and there were lots of smiles and clapping from Pam
See the Elvis Festival
Peter from South Australia was feeling pretty isolated after both is best friend and his cat passed away.
He wasn’t able to go out, due to the SA Covid restrictions. He registered his dream to have his very own X-Box gaming machine to keep his mind busy.
Peter was gifted the X-Box machine, 2 consoles and has 2 car racing games and Jurassic Park which he enjoys playing a lot and also with his support workers.
Swim with the Dolphins
Since Kerry was 4 years old she has always had a love and passion for dolphins. She has been collecting dolphin memorabilia for years and has a huge collection in the room. Kerry has always wanted to touch a real dolphin or even swim with the dolphins as her dream.
In October 2020 Kerry went to Sea World on the Gold Coast and had the experience of a lifetime. Her absolute favourite part of the day was when the Dolphin came and rested his head in her hand for the photo. He was so soft and she definitely had a connection with him.
“Thank you so much, I never thought that it was possible that my dream could come true” – Kerry.
Doug went to pick up his dream mountain bike in December 2020 and he was so rapt with the green rims and the fat tyres. He was so overwhelmed with emotion when it was wheeled out for him, it was better than he had even imagined.
Although it is a dream come true for Doug, having a roadworthy bike has made a difference in his life too. It now means that he will be on time for work – and arrive in style. Doug’s boss has agreed that he can park his new bike outside his office window so that it is safe while Doug is at work, which completely made his day.
Service Leader Mick said that Doug absolutely loves his new bike and he’s really happy for him. He will be out mountain biking in his free time once again.
Captain a boat
Paul registered his dream to go on his own pontoon boat ride down the picturesque Tweed and Rous Rivers of Far North NSW. Paul was treated to a lovely picnic lunch with Area Manager Karen and Support Worker Gary.
Thanks to those people who have donated to the Love your Life and Live your dream fund, which enables us to pay for the people we support to live out their dream. Love your life and Live your dreams!
Favourite Comic book
Rene spoke to his Support Worker Jenny about a childhood comic that he loved so much and wished he could have one again. Comics are quite hard to find these days, especially a specific issue.
Rene happened to find the exact King Kong comic that he had as a child on eBay, but did not have the funds to purchase it. The comic was ordered and we waited for it to arrive from America.
Sarah delivered the comic to Rene at home, he was “beside himself” with complete excitement and gratefulness.
Rene sat and turned the pages over and over. He reminisced with Sarah, telling her all about when he had this comic as a child. It truly was a dream come true for Rene, to be able to have his favorite King Kong comic once again.
Guitar own his own
James, a musician from FNC, dreamed of owning his own quality acoustic guitar. He registered his dream with us and now he has is very own fantastic new guitar!
The second part of James’ dream was to record an album. James has 32 songs that are ready to be recorded with a little help from his Support Workers.
Great work team. We are all looking forward to hearing the album.
*Update, James has recorded quite a few songs already.
Bryan, Colin and Josh moved into a new home that has a fantastic back yard.
They registered a dream to have some sporting equipment so they can get out, exercise and use the space.
Mick their Service Leader, delivered the soccer ball and goal, new team shirts, along with a basketball set.
The guys were delighted and have been playing sports in their yard and the local park.
Fishing Trip with Dad
Ben really wanted to go fishing with his Dad out in the deep water. He registered his dream for a Father and Son fishing trip off the Gold Coast, QLD.
They left about 10am on a beautiful March Morning and took the half day trip. They had a fantastic time. They didn’t catch a fish but enjoyed the experience together.
One of the ladies we support registered her dream to go to a day spa. We booked her in for a massage and a few hours of rest and relaxation at the Spa with various treatments.
I really love the soothing music, the heat from the spa and their herbal tea is great. It is a very relaxing experience.
Satellite TV box
Hi, I’m Paul from the Gold Coast. I live with visual impairment and pride myself on my independence. I have Support Workers visit me daily. What I really love is to sit and listen to the television through a special satellite box. The box I had broke and I didn’t have the funding to replace it. My sitting time was quiet and I really missed the routine of watching my favourite TV shows. Sarah helped me to Register my dream – to have my satellite box replaced.
When the Satellite box was delivered it really was my dream coming true. My Support Worker helped me plug it all in and set it up and then I was able to turn on my favourite show for the first time in weeks. I am so happy.