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Supporting Sarah to have an independant life

Closed Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Matt Wailling for "Sarah Ward"

$6,589 donated

Given by 68 generous donors in around 10 months


Help 17 year old Sarah Ward to be as independent as possible after being made tetraplegic in a tragic accident.

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Sarah Ward was a carefree Wairarapa teenager, until earlier this year when she hit her head hard at the wrong angle when diving into a pool.

After crushing a bone in her neck, 17-year old Sarah was left tetraplegic which means that all of her limbs have been affected. Immediately after the accident she was flown to Christchurch and operated on that night. She then spent 4½ weeks in intensive care on a ventilator, learning to breathe again with different muscles.

Sarah still needs operations where nerve transplants will be connected to her fingers and, later on, tendons will be transferred to her upper arms to help the triceps. Unfortunately, even after all of this, Sarah will never walk again and her life is forever changed.

Sarah was about to start Year 12 at school this year but with the accident, a lot has been put on hold. Sarah was due to sit her restricted driver's license the week after her accident – she loved to drive. She had a part time job at the Mitre 10 café which she'd only started a couple months before; she'd enjoyed working there with the staff and the contact with the customers.

Sarah has come home to the Wairarapa and whilst ACC pays for her day to day care, her needs are lifelong and significant. Things every teenager takes for granted are now extremely difficult or impossible. Sarah has always worked hard and was looking forward to the independence that comes with becoming a young woman and going to university. We are fundraising so that Sarah can have still have as independent a future as possible by customising a home she can feel safe in and call her own.

Matt Wailling's involvement (page creator)

Sarah is the 17 year old daughter of our family friend. Last summer, a tragic swimming pool accident left her tetraplegic. We are raising money so she can have as independent a future as possible.

Use of funds

The money raised will be used to provide Sarah with as independent a life as possible, for example her own home or customised car.

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A final push...  3 March 2020

Posted by: Matt Wailling

Hi All,

We've extended the page for one final push to see what we can all do for Sarah and her family. If you can spare even a cent, please donate before the start of June.

Thank you for helping.

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Latest donations

  • Karina

    Karina on 28 May 2020



  • Chris

    Chris on 04 Mar 2020



  • Lindsey

    Lindsey on 21 Feb 2020


    From staff and customers at Challenge in Greytown


  • Challenge Greytown

    Challenge Greytown on 08 Jan 2020


    From the Customers and owners of Challenge Service Station in Greytown


  • Susan

    Susan on 24 Dec 2019


    Merry Xmas Sarah and Deborah


Who's involved?

Matt Wailling's avatar
Created by Matt Wailling
Lisa  Rossiter's avatar
Paying to a verified bank account of Lisa Rossiter on behalf of Sarah Ward

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This page was created on 28 Jul 2019 and closed on 3 Jun 2020.
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