Hit & Run - Mr T needs a scooter.
Te Wairongoa Paniona (Wally), affectionately known by the community as Mr T, is in need of our help whanau.
In the early hours of Sunday 14th October, Mr T was the victim of a hit and run. The driver heavily struck him just shy of his home, leaving Mr T on the road bloodied and terribly injured with his mobility scooter scattered around him in pieces.
Mr T has no recollection of the incident. He was taken to ICU but is now on a ward having made it through surgery. He also has a multiple breaks in his right leg, ten broken ribs, a broken pelvis, concussion and all round bruising from the impact.
More than anything, our Mr T is most concerned about what happens once he is well enough to leave hospital. Without his scooter, he fears losing his independence and becoming isolated. Or that he will become a burden to his friends, whanau and community by needing to rely on us for help around town.
We are asking the community to tautoko (support) Mr T by making a donation towards the purchase of a new mobility scooter. I have spoken with the team at Scooter Works in Hikurangi, where Mr T has his scooter servicing done, and they have quoted $7500 for a new one.
Any funds above the purchase price will go towards general living costs and maintenance of the new scooter.
Mr T has received so much aroha (love) and well wishes since the incident and is very grateful to all for keeping him in their thoughts.
His best friend Ani from The Grand
Purchase of a new mobility scooter, help getting him on his feet and maintenance of the scooter.
Funds will be paid to Lesley Wikaira - Lesley has been a personal friend of Mr T's for over 30 years.