Helena’s House is the next chapter in the BestLife story. It will be a place, ‘of our own’ where teenagers and young people living with disabilities take their important next steps toward a life of greater independence. Enjoying short stays together; learning life skills and building friendships.
It will be named in honour of Helena McIlwain, a beloved member of the BestLife family who passed away aged only 19. Helena worked with BestLife and dreamed of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Her enthusiasm, passion, and sense of humor embody everything we want Helena’s House to become.
Naming our house in her honour will keep her memory vibrant as the children she loved grow in confidence and independence.
BestLife aims to purchase a five-bedroom home in Brisbane, where we can create exactly the space our children need – accessible bathrooms, an open kitchen where meals can be prepared and shared, a physical therapy space, and a safe, sunny garden with room for a veggie patch.
It’s a big dream but we’re so excited to bring it to life.
As Ambassador of Helena’s House, I believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn to live with friends in an environment that’s safe, supportive, and fun. I look forward to the day Helena’s House is a reality. As Helena would say, ‘Let’s smash out the day and live your best life!’Susie O’Neill AM, Olympic Gold Medallist.
Help us make Helena’s dream our reality
The ways to help are many!
Our stage one target is $300,000. If you would like to host an event, or set yourself a challenge and want to nominate Helena’s House as your cause, contact us on 0459 707 850 so we can support you through our social media channels.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.