FUNDS DRIVE: Polio survivor Robynne Clifton is trying to raise money to buy a car so she is not so dependent on friends for transport.
FUNDS DRIVE: Polio survivor Robynne Clifton is trying to raise money to buy a car so she is not so dependent on friends for transport. Chris Ison Rokcpolio

Getting Robynne back on the road

AFTER six years in treatment, Robynne Clifton didn't even recognise her own parents.

Life has been a tough road for the now 66-year-old Robynne, who was diagnosed with polio at just 18 months old.

Despite the many challenges, through plasters and irons, Robynne has defied the odds every step of the way.

Now she needs the community's help to defy the next obstacle, and reclaim her independence.

Robynne has been confined to her wheelchair for the past three years, since experiencing post polio syndrome, and is need of a specialised car.

The condition causes muscle weakness in areas that were previously affected by the initial polio infection, and has robbed her of the ability to walk.

Robynne, who is the facilitator for Rockhampton's Post Polio Network, said the condition was affecting most of the group's 28 members.

Since she lives alone, she said it was almost impossible to leave her house without the assistance of friends.

She said the specialised vehicle, fitted specifically for her motorised wheelchair, would significantly improve her life.

"I cross that (Yeppoon/Rocky highway intersection) bridge at least twice to three times a week, there and back, all on this wheelchair," Robynne explained.

"If I don't catch a bus, my only other form of transport is this... I need the car for the independence. I am supposed to be out singing tonight but I can't because I have no one to take me."

Robynne has spent her life serenading the masses, and has been a professional singer her whole career, gracing nightclub stages across Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.

And now it's time for the community to give back to Robynne, to the tune of $7000.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry was the one to share Robynne's story when the determined songstress contacted the MP.

Ms Landry has since donated $500 to the campaign.

Want to help?

Donations can go through Val Jacobson from the Emu Park Country Music Group. Call 0427 272 619.



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