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As an NRMA business Member, this disability services provider can keep its most vulnerable clients safe while earning Qantas Points to improve lives.
DARE Disability Support was founded by a group of parents 60 years ago to help their children in need. Today, the organisation runs 14 supported independent living residences in NSW’s Lower Blue Mountains for people with profound disabilities, as well as a thriving Australian Disability Enterprise that provides employment for a large workforce, including 48 supported employees.
With a fleet of 36 vehicles always on the move – making deliveries, taking residents to community activities and sometimes travelling hundreds of kilometres to Orange or Newcastle – CEO Andrew Daly knew he needed reliable roadside assistance.
“If we have a breakdown or flat tyre, we can’t risk vulnerable people being stranded,” he says. “We need peace of mind and the NRMA gives us certainty.”
As a Qantas Business Rewards member, DARE earns Qantas Points for every dollar spent on NRMA business roadside products. And every point goes back into the not-for-profit group.
“We usually put our points towards airfares and car hire for interstate meetings. We recently flew two people to South Australia to meet a new resident and his care providers, to make sure that moving into our residence is right for him. Without Qantas Business Rewards and the points we’ve earned with the NRMA, we’d be left with significant out-of-pocket costs.”
DARE has also found other ways to improve the lives of its clients with points, including purchasing an iPad for each of the 14 facilities so residents can use Zoom. Points have also been used on a new barbecue for the Blaxland Community Centre. “For our people, the little wins are fantastic – when they can achieve something, it brings so much happiness.”
Now, as DARE plans to expand towards Penrith, the Upper Blue Mountains and Richmond, as well as establishing all-female and youth residences, working with Qantas Business Rewards partners will be vital to bolstering the organisation’s budget.
“As a not-for-profit, we rely on donations and sponsorship. Earning Qantas Points through the NRMA and Qantas Business Rewards makes a world of difference.”
With the NRMA every DARE driver has the reassurance of 24/7 roadside assistance, including unlimited call-outs across Australia. “It’s part of our emergency planning because we’re responsible for some very vulnerable people,” says Daly.
Earn 4 Qantas Points per dollar spent on roadside assistance and get access to a number of NRMA business Member benefits, such as parking and car hire discounts. “Our vehicles cover around a million kilometres every year so those points and savings do add up.”
As a not-for-profit, DARE reinvests its points into the organisation. “The Qantas Rewards Store is fantastic for groups like ours. Even when we are not travelling, it helps us make the most of every point.”
A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for the business. A one-off join fee of $89.50 usually applies, however this will be waived for NRMA customers. Fees are inclusive of any applicable GST and may be varied by Qantas from time to time, without notice, in its absolute discretion. NRMA Business Members will earn 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible products. Qantas Points are offered under the applicable partner's terms and conditions and earning thresholds may apply. Membership of Qantas Business Rewards and the earning of Qantas Points as a business are subject to the Qantas Business Rewards Terms and Conditions. Qantas Points for NRMA Business Motoring Members are offered under the NRMA Business Rewards Terms and ConditionsOpens external site. Payment must be made to the NRMA no later than two business days after the renewal due date. Qantas Points will be credited to the Member's Qantas Business Rewards account within 30 days of payment to the NRMA. Any claims in relation to Qantas Points under this offer must be made directly to NRMA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Insurance Australia Limited (trading as NRMA Insurance) and its related entities are separate and unrelated to National Roads and Motorists' Association Limited.
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