A great grandmother from Western Australia decided to learn how to drive and get a driver’s license so she could help her older sister and drive her to the doctors.
Winnie Sampie, a 75-year-old great grandmother, from Port Hedland in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia got her provisional license last week.
Winnie learned how to drive a vehicle when she was younger, but she never bothered to get an actual license.
When she was young, she used to walk to the place she wanted to go or would use public transport, but things changed when she got diagnosed with arthritis.
Winnie had to get the help of a mobility scooter so it could be easier for her.
During her interview with NITV News, Winnie said, “I was planning on getting it for a long, long time but I know everybody thought I left it too late.”
Another reason why she wanted to get her driver’s license at this age was that she wanted to help her older sister go to the doctors from regular checkups.
The Bloodwood Tree Association, a non-profit organization, helped the grandmum with the application process.
Tanya Holman, the driving instructor at the Bloodwood Tree Association, said Winnie was the oldest participant their association has ever had.
During her interview with NITV, Tanya said, “She had a Learner’s permit [and] she did go to other driving schools, but it gets expensive. A lot of the time, Winnie said she had to stop having lessons. There were big breaks in between. She couldn’t afford it. She’s on a pension.”
The Bloodwood Tree Association posted the incident on Facebook and told the world about the love of Winnie and her older sister.
Bloodwood Tree was really proud to have assisted Winnie to obtain her drivers licence recently.Now with her drivers…
In the post, the association said, “Now with her driver’s license, Winnie will now be able to help her older sister to medical appointments, shopping and be able to take their dog for a run to the beach. Importantly she will not have to rely and/or ask other people for lifts or pay for taxi’s. Bloodwood Tree are all incredibly happy for Winnie on this achievement, and we are sure Winnie and her story will be an encouragement to others.”
Winnie passed her driving test on her first attempt!
In case you didn’t know, Winnie never used a computer before.
Happy with what she accomplished at such an old age, Winnie said, “I’m so proud of myself for achieving that. It took me a long time but I got it.”