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Struggling Jervis Bay Man's Bid To Convert Budget Van Into Safe Place To Sleep
Tuesday 3 July 2018
Struggling Jervis Bay man’s bid to convert budget van into safe place to sleep
Matt Walsh is a 47-year-old man who lives either at his sister's flat in Sydney or his brother-in-law’s house in Jervis Bay.
Due to ill health over the last seven years, Matt has been left virtually homeless.
Living with his sister and brother-in-law has served him well, however, both their places are older and contain mould and paints that trigger a flare-up of Matt's symptoms.
Most nights he finds himself sleeping outside in a tent/hammock combination to ease the symptoms.
Matt has created a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $30,000 to help cover the costs of converting a budget van he purchased into a mobile living space.
“A safe space will give my body and mind a break and a chance to heal - I need to create a space to live in that’s free of all the factors that contribute to the inflammation symptoms and that stop my body from being able to heal,” Matt said.
Matt used to be a software technical architect working in Sydney who travelled widely. He once enjoyed a very active social life, enjoyed cross-fit, surfing, archery and fishing.
In 2011, he fell ill with what seemed to be the flu but presented other unusual symptoms such as extreme fatigue, mental confusion, disorientation, loss of memory and random physical aches and pains, all signs of chronic fatigue syndrome.
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