MYRANTH HOUSE gets a 'lift' from other local organisations!

Written on the 7 May 2013 by Karen Goldie

Members from the Rotary Club of Strathalbyn and the Strathalbyn Fishing & Game Club joined together on Tuesday to see first-hand the piece of equipment they helped to fund for Myranth House.  Myranth House on High Street, is a respite service for people with a disability run by CLASS Inc.  The guest house provides a holiday for people with a disability, arising from an acquired brain injury, physical and neurological conditions or intellectual disability.

After the Rotarians visited Myranth House last year and spoke directly with clients and staff, they identified the need for the guest house to have a ‘Roze Stand Transfer Lifter’.  The lifter will assist individuals to maintain and increase circulation to the lower part of their body.  CLASS has many clients stay at Myranth House with physical disabilities and some of these clients do not have the opportunity to spend time in a vertical position as most of their time is spent in a bed or wheelchair.   Another benefit is to the staff, as the lifter greatly assists staff in safe work practices and significantly reduces the risk of injury to both staff and clients. 

Myranth House guest, Peter Forster, was more than happy to demonstrate how the lifter works.  Supported by CLASS employees, Frank Hall and Sarah Thiele, Peter delighted at “how good it feels to be able to stand up for a while, being confident that I am not going to fall”.  He enthused “the lifter adds-value to my stay at Myranth House and will benefit many others as well.” Kelvin Aartsen, Treasurer of Strathalbyn Fishing & Game Club, commented “that is wonderful for us to be able see how our donated funds have been spent.” 

The Roze Stand Transfer Lifter cost just over $3,000 to acquire.  Rotary commenced the fundraising effort with a generous donation of $1,500.  Carolyn Hissey a former support worker at Myranth House, also knew first-hand of the need for this piece of equipment, and when the Strathalbyn Fishing & Game Club were looking to donate to a local organisation, she suggested The Club contribute $1,000.  Local artist and supporter of CLASS, David Dridan OAM, has generously donated an original landscape painting masterpiece for Myranth House to raffle to fundraise for the remainder of the cost.  The raffle is not drawn until the 21st of June and tickets can still be purchased from the main CLASS office on Sandergrove Rd or at various businesses around Strathalbyn.

Present on the day include:

  • Peter Forster – CLASS Client staying at Myranth House from Kangaroo Island
  • Mark Kulinski – CLASS Chief Executive
  • Bruce Partridge – President of Rotary Club of Strathalbyn
  • Carolyn Hissey – Member of Strathalbyn Fishing & Game Club
  • Kelvin Aartsen – Treasurer of Strathalbyn Fishing & Game Club
  • Frank McCue - Member of Strathalbyn Fishing & Game Club

For more information on this content please contact:

Karen Goldie
Manager – Marketing
08 8536 5800
0429 210 846

Author: Karen Goldie


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