Disability dinner creates charity hamper

PARTY TIME: The GGGs enjoyed their Christmas party and  also donated enough goodies to make a difference to a struggling family. Photo: Supplied
PARTY TIME: The GGGs enjoyed their Christmas party and also donated enough goodies to make a difference to a struggling family. Photo: Supplied

A GROUP of friends living with disability have embraced the true meaning of giving and proven that no matter your own struggles in life, there is always a way to help others who are less fortunate.

The Triple G Fun and Friendship Group was founded by Christopher Gaunt, Emma Gordon-Smith and Christopher Grant as a way for people with disability to enjoy their lives without having to rely on their parents to take them everywhere. 

Lorraine Gaunt said the group was formed when her 25-year-old son Christopher and his friends decided to find a way to socialise like other young adults.

“It’s an informal group of friends and many of them have an intellectual disability,” she said.

“They wanted to go out on their own and have some fun but they can’t necessarily organise outings or get themselves there.

“So they have a paid co-ordinator who helps them get together every three months for activities like a barbecue in the park or going to a Chinese restaurant.”

Ms Gaunt said when the group was planning their end-of-year gathering they had decided to do something to help a family in need.

“They wanted to put together a hamper so they issued a shout-out to everyone attending the celebration to bring along something to donate,” she said.

“There were 20 or so young adults and their families at the party and they turned up at Green Frog Hollow in Logan Village with a variety of things like Christmas food, kitchen utensils and gift vouchers, so they ended up with enough for quite a big hamper.

Ms Gaunt said the group had decided to give the hamper to a family on the north side of Brisbane who lost everything in a fire and only found out after their house burned down that they had no insurance.