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The realisation of Mt Barker woman
Betty Sickel’s dream for improved facilities
for people with disabilities in Mt Barker is
a win for some of the region’s most hard
done by residents.
Caring for a loved one with a disability, be
it physical or mental, is a demanding job
and all too often it is done out of love with
limited outside support.
It’s 24/7 work that can take a toll on both
the carer and the person with a disability.
A blind, double amputee who also
suffered complications with diabetes, the
late Mrs Sickel knew how tough that could
be at times.
She longed for a place where people with
disabilities could go for respite, allowing
them to gather and socialise in a supported
environment while their families also had a
Support services for people with
disabilities and their families have come a
long way in the 40 years since Mrs Sickel
first voiced her dream for a respite centre
in Mt Barker.
But they are also very in demand and
often more limited in regional areas,
including the Hills.
Having helped his sister with her four-
times daily insulin injections from the time
he was nine, and having another sibling
with cerebral palsy, Pastor Eric Liebelt
knew very well the challenges of caring.
This insight gave him the drive to pursue
his sister’s vision despite many hurdles
and hiccups along the way.
Now, thanks to Mrs Sickel’s land donation,
Pastor Liebelt’s determination and an
army of other supporters and benefactors,
people with disabilities in this region have
access not only to new respite options,
but also independent and supported
living units and activities in a dedicated
It is staggering to think that this multi-
million dollar project was delivered without
any funding from State, Federal or local
It was built on the backs of volunteers
who did everything from sell firewood for
fundraising to donating their time and
expertise to make the Hill View Lutheran
Homes to the Disabled a reality.
What they have created is a facility
beyond even Mrs Sickel’s dreams, and one
that does her legacy proud.
Betty’s vision is
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