Doug White Trust
What do you do when your world changes in an instant? When because of trauma to your brain you are no longer the person that you were?
People suffer an acquired brain injury every day, through accident, illness and violence, and the person who emerges from that trauma is forever changed. What impact does this have on your life, your work, your loved ones and your relationships with them?
Doug White suffered such a situation. A talented young man studying at university; drawing caricatures of himself and his skimboard; designing and screen printing t-shirts; and with his life before him, Doug had a brain haemorrhage. The operation to repair the damage was successful but subsequent complications left him with another massive haemorrhage. He was physically devastated. It took him six months to learn to swallow again.
This is when Doug’s parents found how much, and yet how little, was available to help people with acquired brain injury. They worked with Doug for two years trying to rehabilitate him. However the damage had been too great and Doug tragically passed away.
A Trust was formed to help Ray and Helen support Doug. When he passed away the Trust shifted its focus to helping others who found themselves in such a life changing situation. The trust has been operating for 20 years, assisting people reintegrate with the community. This is achieved by providing funding for support services to allow people to better cope with the psychological impact of the injury on themselves and their loved ones; services to help them resume their independence in the community, where such services cannot be provided in a timely manner for their rehabilitation elsewhere; services to assist their on-going physical and life skills rehabilitation; to act as a last resort support.
To maintain the viability of the Trust we held our first Golf Day. We raised $5000 through that. It was a great day, with Eric Groethe snr as our guest speaker. A real insight into some of the news sport items that you hear and read about, with some predictions into the future. Wealso heard from Dt Joe Gurka the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Unit about the work that they do and how the Trust helps.
You can help by making a donation to this Trust through WMRF. You can help people get assistance to get their life back on track; to readjust to their changed circumstances; to re-form their relationships with loved ones; to receive the assistance they can’t receive from anywhere else; to live again. This is not glamorous work but it is life changing work for those who are helped. You can be their Good Samaritan.