Adopt-A-Pensioner

For two million Australians, their pleas for financial help have been ignored by governments - but not the public.Doxa from NSW has put a smile on pensioner Mary's face through adopting her. "It's wonderful to be adopted at my age," Mary said.

Actress Paula Duncan said pensioners were the forgotten people. "It's incredibly important for us to support our pensioners and the elderly who have contributed so much to the reason why this world is like it is now," Paula said. "I mean, they put in the hard innings."

Sam Kekovich said he has always advocated the pensioner cause. "What message have I got?" he said. "More importantly, is what message have Canberra got?" "I think it is disdainful and I think it is downright disrespectful the way we treat our wonderfully aged people who have built this society we live in."

Perth Companies helping Pensioners

Riche Chocolates - 30% discount to every pension card holder after being touched by our pensioner stories:

Shop 3/148 Scarborough Beach Road
Mt Hawthorn
WA
Australia
6016
(08) 9201 0099

My Fur Lady - Dog Grooming - 10% discount, K-Mart - First Wednesday of every month 5% off

Pension card holders McPhillips Brothers, handyman - $5 off total price

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Gardening
Fencing
Lawnmowing
Little loads
property maintenance
rubbish removal
furniture pick up & assembly
handyman
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urgent small freight
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Progressive Supa IGA -please check with your local IGA about pensioner discounts.

Ultratune, Hoyts cinemas, Aroma Cafe, Brumbys, Williams the Shoeman, OPSM - all have discounts for seniors card holders http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au/

Adopt-A-Pensioner scheme
Today Tonight has put the call out to help our pensioners. And while the government may be ignoring them - you are not.

An overwhelming response of giving and sharing is going on all around Australia, as ordinary people get behind our campaign and support needy pensioners.

Doxa said: "I'm a stranger to Mary and my heart has gone out to ever elderly person who has given their all to Australia."

"Mr Rudd, they deserve a fair go."

Mary said: "I think, Doxa, that you are giving back some dignity to people, the way you are going about things and people are indebted to you."

"I would just like to finish by saying that I was reared by the words caring and sharing. And, Mr Rudd, you are NOT caring or sharing with any of us."

"So please, please, please, do something to help the oldies."

Shops and companies helping out
Businesses are lending a hand too, but as always seems to be the case, battlers are helping battlers. The challenge is out for big business to get on board.

Hairdresser Carolyn Filliponi from Get Pampered Hair and Beauty is offering her services at a cut price.

"I couldn't give any money out, because I'm struggling as it is, so I understand what the pensioners are all about," Carolyn said.

"And the government should, but they probably won't, so that is why I am offering cheap haircuts."

Cornish Property Services are donating their expertise to help pensioners with household repairs.

General Manager John Morrison said: "We have agreed to give the pensioners of Sydney and the Central Coast a 40 per cent discount off their hourly rate and we are also wiping the service call fee."

"I'm hoping other companies get behind us and support the pensioners of Sydney."

New Adopt-A-Pensioner website
Tonight, we are launching an Australian first - an easy way for both pensioners and potential helpers to meet. A new website has launched:

Click here for the Adopt-A-Pensioner website

If you are a pensioner, click on the left and you will be asked to fill in some general details and what you need assistance with.

Alternatively, if you would like to adopt a pensioner, click on the right: fill in your details and where you can help.

You will be matched up with a pensioner in need in your local area and you are guaranteed no personal details will be given out.

Overwhelming response
Paul Versteege from the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association said: "The response here has been overwheleming, with people wanting to donate."

"The hits on our website have tripled within the space of a week. People are really getting into this campaign."

If you are time-poor and cannot adopt a pensioner, you can make a donation to the Combined Pensioners Superannuants Association, who will turn it into a food voucher - which won't affect the pensioner's taxation or pension payments.

"People are getting into this campaign and wanting to donate even the smallest amount and sometimes large amounts â?? it is really heartwarming." Mr Versteege said.

"They're taking over from the government, which is letting pensioners down, and have done so for many years now."

"The community is taking over in its own way and it is prompting the government to act now."

Adopt-A-Pensioner website info

Visit the Adopt-A-Pensioner website here

How to use: If you are a pensioner, click on the left and you will be asked to fill in some general details and what you need assistance with.

If you would like to adopt a pensioner, click on the right: fill in your details and where you can help. You will be matched up with a pensioner in need in your local area and you are guaranteed no personal details will be given out.

If you don't have time to adopt a pensioner: you can make a donation which will be forwarded as a food voucher. To make donations, visit the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association website.