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Nina helps launch floating beach wheelchair at Bulli

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Nina Crumpton with Bulli Surf Club members and the new floating wheelchair

WITH the continuing hot weather Nina Crumpton was looking forward to testing the new floating beach wheelchair launched at Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club today.

It marked a huge day for Nina as she has not been able to enjoy the beach since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago.

“I found out that I had multiple sclerosis in 2013, and the next year it had affected my legs,” she said.

“It’s been a long while since I last visited the beach and I can’t wait to feel the water under my feet and experience the cool sea breeze.”

Multiple Sclerosis Limited has worked with the Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club to give local people with limited mobility the ability to access the newly acquired beach wheelchair and spend a day at the beach with family and friends.

Multiple Sclerosis Limited, CEO John Blewonski thanked the Honda Foundation for donating the chair and said that it would be not just for people with MS but also will be available at no cost for others with similar disorders and disabilities.

“This chair is a significant innovation for wheelchair users and will improve their quality of life by getting them back onto the beach and in many cases into the water. It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to live an active and healthy lifestyle regardless of their personal circumstance or physical ability.”

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Nina Crumpton with Bulli Surf Club members and the new floating wheelchair

 

Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club president Keith Caldwell said that it was a fantastic initiative by Multiple Sclerosis Limited and that he expected the new equipment will help people with a disability and their families have fun at the beach together.

“We’re lucky to have a beautiful beach and this initiative will ensure that everyone across the Illawarra region will be able to access it.”

Mr Cladwell said that volunteer lifesavers are on hand to assist wheelchair users at weekends and public holidays.

“The chairs will be handed over to the hirer for self-use, however our lifesavers will always be there to help out if they can.”

The Mobi Floating Beach Wheelchair (called the Mobi-Chair) is the world’s most popular amphibious rolling beach wheelchair. It provides a seamless transition from a wheelchair to the beach, and from the beach into the ocean.

“We are pleased that the Mobi-Chairs will provide countless hours of fun for many families in the Illawarra community,” said Mr Stephen Collins, Chairman of The Honda Foundation.

“The Honda Foundation is proud to support to Multiple Sclerosis Limited and the wonderful work they do.”

Bookings for a beach wheelchair can be made by emailing bullisurfclub@gmail.com to arrange a time and date (bookings on weekends & public holidays only).

 

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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