14-year-old NSW boy, Gidon Goodman started a petition last year against the exorbitant parking prices at the Sydney Children’s hospital.
Gidon’s family was paying a fortune in parking fees while he was being treated for a rare blood disorder and this prompted him to act and start the petition which ended up with more than 70 000 signatures supporting his cause.
Gidon’s petition has prompted the State Government to act on this matter and on Monday Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that the Government will help ease the cost for long term patients and their families. Patrons of NSW public hospital car parks that attend more than twice a week will be able to park at highly reduced costs which is expected to save some families $200 a week.
Gidon said he was “unbelievably proud” that his petition prompted the Government to make this change, “It’s going to help a massive amount of people, going into the hundreds of thousands,” he said.
What a brilliant outcome for families struggling with the costs during the hard time with sick family members. I do hope other states follow suit and realise how important this change is for so many families around Australia.
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