TOUGH TIME: Mathew White has started an online campaign to help raise money for a car to regain his independence.
TOUGH TIME: Mathew White has started an online campaign to help raise money for a car to regain his independence. INGA WILLIAMS

Online campaign to help battler maintain his independence

MATHEW White is living proof that bad things can indeed happen in threes.

In the past year, the Collingwood Park man has witnessed his father have a heart attack, his mother lose her job and, to top it off, his car has croaked it.

It's a series of unfortunate events that has left the 39-year-old - and his parents - in a tough situation.

Mr White said he had also been living with a congenital disorder called Spina Bifida since birth.

The condition, which affects the spine, means he is confined to a wheelchair and has significant physical disabilities.

He has lived out of home for the past 20 years and said he was determined to maintain his independence.

"After 10 years of employment the company my mum worked for had a restructure and she was let go," he said.

"My job was dependent on hers, so when she left, so did I.

"Then the head gasket on my car blew and it's going to cost way too much for me to fix it."

Without employment or a car, Mr White said he had all but lost his independence.

As a last hope, he is reaching out to the community for support.

He said the first step in getting his life back on track began with finding a reliable vehicle in which he could install hand controls.

"That would help a lot," he said.

"I am hoping to then find a job in retail as I have done that kind of work before."

Mr White started an online campaign to help raise funds for a car.

If you think you are able to help Matthew out with a vehicle or employment, phone him on 0412 251 056.

You can otherwise contribute to his online funding campaign at gofundme.com.



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