0

Supporter Spotlight: Jenepher's Story

“In the afternoons, I just felt totally exhausted. I thought ‘I can’t do this anymore’, but you do. You get up and keep going.”

These are the words of one of our Youngcare adventure challengers, Jenepher.

Living in the remote community of the Bunya Mountains, it is difficult for Jenepher to volunteer at Youngcare events, even though the cause is so close to her heart. But when she takes on a Youngcare adventure challenges, she feels the support of her small, tight-knit community right behind her every step of the way.

Jenepher’s husband Peter suffered a bleed on the brain in August last year, subsequent to a brain tumour and several strokes he suffered in his 20’s. As Peter’s full-time carer, Jenepher understands all too well the strain and stress of looking after a loved one with high care needs.

Jenepher is no stranger to Youngcare adventure challenges. Alongside the Simpson Desert Challenge in 2011 and 2015, the 2018 Yukon Adventure Challenge was Jenepher’s third time pushing her body to the limit and raising funds for young people with high care needs.

Thanks to fantastic community support, Jenepher has been able to raise around $120,000 across the three challenges, which she hopes will see people like her husband living their young lives in age appropriate housing.

“What I’ve realised is, at the end of the day, we can come home and do whatever we like. But [those living in aged care] have to do the same routine every day of their lives, they have no other choice.”

With no recurrent government funding, community support is so important to Youngcare. Even in a small community of 30 people, the support for Jenepher and for Youngcare has been astonishing.

“I’ve done a lot of talks, little groups like quilting groups or school groups – even still that’s 10 or 20 more people that now follow Youngcare.”

This goes to show rallying the community and raising money doesn’t have to be daunting or difficult and it really does make a world of difference to young people with high care needs. Without the support of people like Jenepher, Youngcare would not be able to continue building vital High Care Housing, providing life-changing grants or supporting young people and their families.

There are many ways you can show your support – volunteer your time, donate what you can, attend a fundraising event…or host your own! Simply spreading the word will make a difference @YoungcareOz

SHARE THIS!
News you might like:
2 August 2017 Youngcare explores options as NSW project ends Youngcare’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Australia to deliver high care housing ...
24 July 2017 A message from our partners at Vincents At VINCENTS one of our core values is to actively build a company environment that contributes ...
8 March 2017 Sylvia Jeffreys joins the Youngcare crusade January not only marked the start to an exciting new year, but the announcement of ...
30 August 2016 National not-for-profit organisation Youngcare today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan. Mr ...
8 March 2017 Albany Creek update We are thrilled to announce that the Youngcare and MS Queensland Apartments at Albany Creek are on track to be a ...
1 February 2017 Familiar face adds voice to national issue This week, 700,000 young people with high care needs across the country have been given a ...
8 March 2017 CEO message Two months into my new role at Youngcare, it’s fantastic to be writing for my first Y News! There are exciting times ...
24 July 2017 Out and about International Women’s Day was a great success celebrating women and raising funds for Youngcare. Hosted by the ...
18 July 2017 The Today Show aired Todd and Kat's story 'I never thought I’d find somebody like her': How gaining independence led a young man ...
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has changed the disability sector forever. For the first time in Australian history, young people with ...
Categories
Archives

Are you a young person seeking help?

What we do

GET INFO

Get Help

GET INFO

Contact Us

GET INFO

A huge thanks to our supporters 

Braggs Signs
ALS Global
Broncos Charity Fund
Vuly
EY
Betta Home Living
Care Tech
Collins Food
Media Merchants
Brighton Homes
Triffid
Wolff Group
Morgans
One Harvest - love beats
Knight Frank
Hand Heart Pocket
The Co Group
Bruce Lynton
Tatts Group
MMO Interiors
Taylor Byrne
Coates
Spot Productions
Brisbane Airport
Good2give
MGD Private
Aurora Adventures
Thrifty
Channel Nine
Vantage Performance
Story Bride Hotel
QIC
Select AV
Tattersalls Club
Just Cause Bunch
MTAQ
CV Services
Shine Lawyers
Just Photography
IOR Petroleum
Servcorp
BDO
DAE
HSF
Vertica Capital
Ozdent
Queensland Rail
Cutting Edge
Carbone
AWIC - Awesome Women In Construction
Sleepy's
McCabe Curwood
Birdsville Hotel
CUB
Rivergum Homes
Merlo
ANZ
De Luca Corp
Nova
Clark Real Estate
Birdsville Roadhouse
Vincents
Network First
Birdsville Social Club
Batercard
Style
Forte Catering
ALS
Canvas Art Factory
FKG
Queensland Government
Eureka Landscaping
Pilot
Audio Visual Elements
Flight Centre Foundation
Hopgood Ganim
MS Queensland
Neals
Bunnamagoo
Doug Hall Foundation
Cakes & Sh!t
National Storage
Motorola Solutions
Savills
Women's Weekly
J W Bell & Associates
Tradelink
Keystone
Sage
Une Parkinson Foundation
LAS logo
Skip to content