Tr­ishaw a chance to get wind in hair

North Coast Weekender - - Opinion -

SOR­RENTO mother-of-three Alanagh God­deridge wants to put the wind back in se­niors’ hair and see them break away from more tra­di­tional out­ings to shop­ping cen­tres and cafes.

Al­ready in talks with en­thu­si­as­tic aged care providers, Mrs God­deridge – of Cy­cling With­out Age – is fundrais­ing $16,000 for a tr­ishaw de­signed to help el­derly peo­ple on a bike de­spite their phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“I’m al­ways down the coast and I cy­cle my son to school and I just think well I might as well be cy­cling and get­ting some­one else with me who is not able to do it them­selves,” Mrs God­deridge said.

“You’ve got the cargo-car­rier at the front; I call it a couch on wheels be­cause it’s quite glam and it’s got a footrest, zip up blan­kets and a shel­ter that goes over them and it can carry 160kg of pas­sen­gers.

“It’s got an elec­tric mo­tor for­tu­nately.”

She said she could not wait to take peo­ple for a bike ride along the coast, some­thing many se­niors would not have ex­pe­ri­enced for decades.

“My girl­friend has a granny who is 94 and not mo­bile, so to get her in and out of the car to go to the shops and have a cof­fee is such a big deal for her, but imag­ine be­ing able to rug her up, take her down the coast and ride her to Mul­laloo and back,” she said.

“She wouldn’t have done that in 30 years, it’s just go­ing to be gor­geous, I can’t wait.”

She wanted to get in­volved af­ter watch­ing a YouTube clip of a young Scot­tish doc­tor and vol­un­teers tak­ing out el­derly res­i­dents and a BBC film on the ini­tia­tive.

“When I see oldies out it’s of­ten in shop­ping cen­tres or at cafes and that’s lovely but it’s just nice to get them out and just get the wind in their hair be­cause how of­ten do they do that any­more,” she said.

“There was one woman on the video who said ‘it’s just like be­ing in a Vic­to­rian car­riage but with­out the horses’…. and an­other said ‘I haven’t been on a holiday in 15 years, I feel like I’ve had the best holiday ever’ and she’d only been out on an hour ride.”

Mrs God­deridge hopes to have the tr­ishaw ready for sum­mer and could buy it out­right while she con­tin­ues her fundrais­ing cam­paign so it ar­rives from Den­mark in time.

“With my friends who have been do­nat­ing to the page, I’ve been say­ing I look for­ward to get­ting you and your grandma out to­gether over sum­mer; it’s just such a nice thing to do to­gether,” she said.

Do­nate at not­for­prof­itwindiny­ourhair.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d472806

Alanagh God­deridge and (above) a tr­ishaw and its pas­sen­gers.

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