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Success Stories

We are very proud of the work we do.

Here are some examples of how Cootharinga helps to change lives.

Dianne Diamond and her family

After many years of only having phone contact and the occasional letter from her family Dianne (Di) Diamond supported by Bernie Romer took the train to Port Douglas to catch up with her brothers, nieces and nephews. As the saying goes “even with the best laid plans of mice and men can go astray”. The Tilt Train was delayed in Brisbane by six hours delaying the start of Di’s holiday and resulting in the happy travellers not arriving in Port Douglas until 3.00am in the morning.

However, nothing could dampen Di’s enthusiasm to enjoy her holiday, and after a good sleep in Di was ready to make the most of her holiday. First thing on the agenda was to take a trip up town to check out the shops and buy some souvenirs of the trip. Followed by visits to many of the art galleries, museums and tourist sites around Port Douglas. The afternoon found Di and Bernie hopping on board the Lady Douglas River Boat where they enjoyed the tranquillity of a leisurely boat ride up the river watching the many birds and the occasional crocodile along the way.

The following day Di’s brothers Alfred and Eddie and some of their children met Di for a birthday morning tea at the park. However as is often the case it rained so the party was taken back to the hotel where they enjoyed a couple of hours of fun and laughter.

The final day of her holiday Di and Bernie hired a taxi to drive to Mossman where Di was able to spend more time with Alfred and Eddie and catch up with other family members. Di was also introduced to the newest member of the family, a fox terrier puppy, who was only too happy to curl up on Di’s knees and lap up the attention.

Bunnings Gardeners


It was a day that four lovely ladies who share a house in Lanark Street will not forget. Team members from Bunnings Fairfield Waters, Bunnings Domain and 10 members from the Army Soldier Recovery Unit attacked their backyard which made it look like a cyclone had hit. Within hours it had been transformed into a lush tropical oasis for the four young ladies with disabilities. Not only did Bunnings donate the staff's time but they donated most of the product for the backyard blitz including a bbq; outdoor setting; soil; pavers; Tuscan pots; raised garden beds; screen fencing; solar lights and a huge arrangement of plants.

10 strong members from the Army Recovery Unit not only donated 6 x wooden planter boxes that they had specially made for the ladies, but supplied plenty of muscle helping with the much needed labour"

This was an enormous project and Cootharinga would like to sincerely thank Bunnings, The Army Recovery Unit, staff, family and friends and everyone who has supported this exciting project!