Wheelchair donation to change four-year-old Charlie's life


A Thursday Island toddler with spina bifida is set to have his life changed for the better thanks to the donation of a specially-designed wheelchair.

Charlie Kris, 4, who also has hydrocephalus ('water on the brain'), will receive the wheelchair from the Just4Kids Children’s Charity and its major supporters.

The wheelchair, which was manufactured in Germany and is being transported free of charge by local marine transport company Sea Swift to Thursday Island, will improve Charlie’s lifestyle and independence.

Just4Kids Motor Trail Director Mark Louez said the wheelchair donation had been made possible thanks to a mix of sponsors and the charity’s 2012 Cape York Safari entrants.

“Everyone who took part in the 2012 Cape Safari helped raise more than $8,000 to ensure Charlie received this very specifically-designed wheelchair,” said Mr Louez.

“Along with therapists Louise Thompson (Senior Physiotherapist at Balaclava State School in Cairns) and Zoe Lang (Head of Special Education Services at Tagai State College on Thursday Island), Charlie has been supported medically to ensure that all the correct supports were dialled into the manufacturing of his new wheels.”

Just4Kids Children’s Charity Manager Kerin Hannan said Brothers Leagues Club in Cairns also provided funding, while signed auctioned jerseys from the Toyota North Queensland Cowboys helped support the wheelchair donation with a special one just for Charlie, signed by Jonathon Thurston.

“Without the support from our wonderful entrants during our motor trail events, and the awareness promoted through the WIN Network, Brothers Leagues Club, TJM Cairns, Followmont Freight and Sea Swift the project would not have been possible,” she said.

Sea Swift Sales and Marketing Manager Victor Perazza said the shipping company was delighted to help Charlie.

“Sea Swift has been proudly servicing the Torres Strait and NPA for the past 25 years, and we always

play an active role in the communities where we operate,” he said.

“Giving back is a core value of our company, and we’re thrilled to be able to play a role in getting Charlie’s new wheelchair to him, and help improve his life.”

Entrants travel from all over Australia join the annual Just4Kids Cape York Safari.

“The advantage of joining a motor trail event is you are involved in supporting our Aussie youth,” said Ms Hannan.

"You meet the local communities first hand, and at the same time, have a wonderful time exploring our more remote areas.”

The Just4Kids motor trail also supports the FNQ tourism industry, with an injection of more than $100,000 during its events, with entrants often returning for a longer holiday, or extending the motor trail with a self-drive tour.

More details can be found at www.just4kidsmotortrail.com.au

Australian Explorer is proud to be sponsor of the Pacific Rim Just for Kids Inc.

Posted By mick on 4th July 2013

Updated : 14th June 2017 | Words : 453 | Views : 4043

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