How we have helped in 2017


Darryn Kearney received funding from the JMB Foundation to help with bathroom modifications. Darryn lives with his parents in Ocean Grove. He has an ABI causing complete paralysis on his left-hand side and contributing to cortal blindness. The JMB Foundation grant helped bridge the gap between the amount the National Disability Insurance Scheme provided and the cost of the work.

The modifications, which have received a ringing endorsement from Darryn’s Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and carers, mean that Darryn can stay in the family home. Darryn’s parents can already see the difference the improvements will make for their son, both in terms of the more practical working carers, and the increased independence Darryn will enjoy as a result of the work.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the JMB Foundation was pleased to help Darryn and his family. The Foundation’s grant has enabled Darryn and his family to make these modifications and improve Darryn’s quality of life.

Recently the JMB Foundation has had support from the efforts of volunteers and runners who attracted sponsorship for the Melbourne Marathon, and this year a special music recital at St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School and the yearly Xavier fun run, as well as generous donations from organisations and individuals. These donations have enabled the Foundation to make grants available to young Australians who really need our financial assistance to improve their care, comfort and quality of life.

In 2017 $155,000 was given to 18 applicants from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. Our grants have enabled these young people to benefit from extra therapy, including hydrotherapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy that they simply could not have managed to pay for without this assistance. We have also funded home modifications and the purchase of special equipment and made it possible for several people to have attendant care on a weekly basis, allowing families the support they need.