BROTHERLY LOVE: Ken Hoad will push a wheelchair 50km to raise funds to help his sister Emma.
BROTHERLY LOVE: Ken Hoad will push a wheelchair 50km to raise funds to help his sister Emma.

Brother sets out to give his sister a better life

KEN Hoad will walk a marathon to give his sister Emma a better life.

Emma, 31, was born with spina bifida and from an early age has been wheelchair-bound.

For nine months she has lived in the Coffs Harbour hospital rehabilitation ward as her parents Peter and Jenny have spent a small fortune modifying their home to suit Emma's needs.

"While Emma was in hospital our family was told that she couldn't return home until a suitable dwelling was built for the needs of a fully disabled person," Ken said.

"Because of changes to legislation, the home she had spent 30 years in was no longer deemed suitable.

"The only choice was for my parents to borrow the required finance and build a granny flat.

"The cost has hit a staggering $100,000.

"I want to try and raise money to help them out.

"My parents are aging.

"My father will have to work past his retirement to meet the mortgage repayments."

Ken is planning a 50km walk between Urunga and Coffs Harbour while pushing a wheelchair.

He hopes to receive corporate backing ahead of the September fundraiser.

Emma hopes to move home in a month's time.

To get involved, call Ken on 0428 425 424 or 6699 2647.



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