Sam was no ordinary guy – although he loved to say he was nothing special. He was born in in Hawera in 1976 with a rare condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bone disease. As a result, this meant he was confined to a wheelchair his entire 39 years. The day he died, Sam was out training for a fundraising event he was taking part in, to raise money for a 3-year-old boy in Christchurch with the same brittle bone condition as his own. The money raised was to pay for house renovations to make the house ‘wheelchair friendly’.
Much of our world we live in, where equality is a commonly discussed topic – is still very ‘wheelchair unfriendly’. During his life, Sam broke literally hundreds of bones, both in his daily life doing ‘normal’ activities and as a result of him pushing the boundaries of his abilities: such as falling off his 4-wheeled motorbike while out riding with his mates. Sam’s outlook and approach to life was a story of “how can I”. There was no such word in his vocabulary as “can’t”. Despite the limits to his physical ability, Sam was out there trying to help others such as the work he did with the Graham Dingle foundation and Project K, sharing his story with groups of boys to inspire them to achieve goals far beyond their expectations.
Sam’s inspirational story and positive attitude touched the lives of many during his lifetime and this trust has been set up to help continue the life-changing work he started. Our goal: To make our world an easier and better place to live for those in a wheelchair.
SAMUEL GIBSON MEMORIAL TRUST
Samuel Gibson Memorial Trust July 2016 Trust Framework: The mission of the trust is, ‘Helping people with disabilities to live out their dreams and live full lives’ The aim is to raise enough money to be able to then make distributions to recipients in need from income earned off the money invested.