TAD client Jayden Stainforth receives new Freedom Wheels bike

Team effort: Jayden Stainforth with Lions Club of Wauchope members Jim Munro, Bruce Cant and Hazel Fraser, and TAD volunteer John Brumby at Rocks Ferry Reserve.

Team effort: Jayden Stainforth with Lions Club of Wauchope members Jim Munro, Bruce Cant and Hazel Fraser, and TAD volunteer John Brumby at Rocks Ferry Reserve.

TAD client Jayden Stainforth has showcased his new Freedom Wheels bike to volunteers who were instrumental in the bike project.

The Lions Club of Wauchope sponsored Jayden to enable him to upgrade his Freedom Wheels bike, which he had outgrown, to a larger size.

Jayden is a local boy who can’t ride a standard bike as he has cerebral palsy which affects his muscles and ability to balance.

On his Freedom Wheels he can enjoy the thrill of riding a bike with his friends as well as benefits from exercise.

Jayden and his mother Gaylene met with Lions Club of Wauchope members Hazel Fraser, Bruce Cant and Jim Munro, and TAD volunteers Mayo and John Brumby, to demonstrate his new custom bike.

Jayden rode around the pathways at Rocks Ferry Reserve on the Hastings River at Wauchope and presented the Lions with a thank you poster for their assistance.

John Brumby, coordinator of TAD in Port Macquarie, also thanked the Lions Club of Wauchope for their ongoing interest and financial support of TAD clients.

TAD client Jayden Stainforth displays the thank you poster.

TAD client Jayden Stainforth displays the thank you poster.

“Without the Lions’ support it would be very difficult for families to afford custom Freedom Wheels bikes,” he said.

“Now Jayden is able to continue to enjoy riding his bike and benefit from the exercise in the process.”

The Lions members noted it a great opportunity to see the result of their support and were delighted to meet Jayden and his mum, and learn about the work of the TAD volunteers.

In addition to providing custom bikes, the local TAD volunteers design and build custom equipment for children and adults with disabilities.

This includes equipment to help children learn to sit and stand, help them transfer from their wheelchairs to school chairs and much more.

TAD Port Macquarie is looking for volunteers to join the team. 

If you are an engineer, carpenter, metal worker or just handy, contact John at portmacquarie@tad.org.au for more information.

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