“You’ve got to take one day at a time. Life can be tough, but your life is what you make it.”

Carmel Harris lived her life to the full, every day, and she wanted to see other people living with EB reaching for their dreams.

The ‘Follow Your Dreams’ grant, initiated by Carmel, is a gateway to your dreams. Maybe you’ve always wanted to drive a Formula 1 car around the track, or see the Great Ocean Road. Maybe you dream about flying silently through the sky in a hot air balloon at daybreak.  Whatever your dream, DEBRA would like to help you get there.

All you need to do is click the button below to start the application process. Or you can contact us for a printable form out and fill it in by hand. Then you can either email the completed form to us or send it in by post and we will take it from there.

Anyone wishing to contribute towards the Follow Your Dreams Grant please contact DEBRA’s Secretary at admin@debra.org.au

The annual grant applications close 31st May each year. Applications may be submitted at any time after the cut off date and will go into next years round.

Grant winners will be announced at the AGM in September on an annual basis.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to re-apply again in the next round.


You can help keep Carmel’s dream alive by making a donation to her Follow Your Dreams Grant


Carmels Story

Carmel’s story is a tribute to her amazing life and what she has achieved, even living with such severe EB. In memory of Carmel, here is four part story of Carmel’s inspirational life.


Successful Recipients

Dean Clifford
Dean Clifford2019
Help fund a trip to Las Vagus to celebrate his 40th Birthday trip
Zoe Hanvey
Zoe Hanvey2018
Spend the day out with family and friends at a waterslide park.
John Hutchins
John Hutchins2017
Travel to Darwin with his family and see the crocodiles.
Connor Fitzpatrick
Connor Fitzpatrick2016
Purchased his first car, provided with the assistance of the Kate Turner Fund.
Vanessa Manzano
Vanessa Manzano2015
Holiday at the beach on Hayman Island, provided with the assistance of the Kate Turner Fund.
Bianca Saunders
Bianca Saunders2014
Weekend at the Gold Coast and swim with the dolphins.
Milad Bahram
Milad Bahram2013
Attend a Liverpool football game in Melbourne.
Lisa Brains
Lisa Brains2012
Weekend away in Sydney with her friends.
Eliza Baird
Eliza Baird2011
A trip to Disneyland with her family, provided with the assistance of the Make a Wish Foundation.
Gavin O'Brien2010
A new laptop and portable printer.
Paola Lucia2009
Sit in a Formula 1 car and meet Mark Webber. Unfortunately Paolo passed away before he could follow his dream.
Read Their Stories