Local four year old receives the gift of mobility

Published 07.07.17

Fair Go for Kids has donated an innovative mobility device to a local four year old boy, enabling him to walk with mum or dad.

Gary has an acquired brain injury and developmental delays complicated by further physical and sensory problems.

An "Upsee" is a mobility device designed to enable an infant/child to stand or walk with the assistance of an adult. It features a child harness, adult hip belt and sandals. It also features a footboard and foot straps for both adult and child that enable a child to walk with the adult.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provided a funding plan for Gary to meet his core needs but it didn't cover the purchase of this device, which ultimately will have a big impact on his quality of life and ongoing development.

Fair Go for Kids was able to fund this for Gary, which clearly made a big impact on the family, saying “this piece of equipment will benefit our son so much & help make therapy enjoyable for him.. Without this donation he would most definitely miss out on this equipment that will be of great benefit for him”.

Since starting 10 years ago, Fair Go for Kids has raised a total of just under a $250,000 with the support of local businesses known as “The Hunter’s Kindest Companies”, in addition to generous donations and fundraising efforts by locals.

“The charity aims to cut through the red tape to provide fast assistance to children with immediate needs that can’t be met through other avenues”, CEO Bruce Mulligan said.

“Leapfrog Ability has been serving our local community for over 20 years now. We’re no stranger to understanding what our community needs in terms of supports, and we’ve refocused our business on providing that through NDIS Plan Coordination and a full range of Therapeutic Services.

“Even with the best care in place, there will sometimes be a gap between the timing of a child’s needs, and the timing of support available through disability funding systems. At such a critical stage of their development, a fairly simple diagnosis can become much more complicated if not addressed early”, Bruce said.