Carers go mobile

AS a part of the fundraising project undertaken to establish a Gippsland Regional Carers Network, the Traralgon Lions Club has donated two laptop computers and a portable digital projector to the Gippsland Carers Association.

The electronic equipment will assist GCA in providing information, education, and support to carers across the region.

GCA president Jean Tops said they were grateful to the Traralgon Lions Club for their generosity.

“Our aim is to ensure that the Regional Carers Support Network will set the example for the funding of Regional Carers Support Networks across the state,” Ms Tops said.

“Unpaid carers who look after family members with disabilities, chronic illness, aged frailty, and mental illness are the most generous pillars of support for those who are unable to support themselves.

“There are 26,000 caring families in Gippsland, contributing a service that would otherwise cost the taxpayers a vast amount of money.

“Our campaign seeks to bring the entire Gippsland community on-board in supporting our fundraising effort to establish the Network.

“The network will provide peer support to carers, no matter where they live, in rural Gippsland.

“Government data clearly shows that at least 50% of all carers have no links to their communities or services, due to the often arduous nature of the full-time care they provide around-the-clock day-in, and day-out. This service will enable support to be delivered to the family home as, and when, required.”