Friends are on the move
Dave Kennedy has no licence because he cannot see out of one eye. Gary Wills has a heart condition and diabetes. And at 78 years old, Peter Kennedy lacks mobility.
What they all have in common is their lean, mean four-wheeled driving machine – a mobility scooter. Sure it was not an easy transition. ‘‘I thought bloody hell, I’m never going to get the hang of this,’’ Gary said.
But with the Tokoroa Mobility Friends club, it became a whole lot easier. Without fail, every third Wednesday of each month members meet up for lunch at Tokoroa’s KK Bakery.
‘‘ We’re just a general group of friends who chat,’’ Dave said.
That and all of the laughs they have at their reserved tables.
‘‘Gotta give plenty of cheek, aye Peter,’’ Gary said. They all laugh, like old friends do. While the good company and food is always something to look forward to there are always tips to share with others. Dave knows where to get the best deal for batteries. What could cost up to $800 will cost him about half that.
‘‘Everyone always finds out something about scooters.’’
The ex- fitter and turner even fiddles around with his own when something goes wrong.
‘‘I fix mine, I can strip it down and pull it all apart.’’
The group are far from ‘‘ boy racers’’ and according to Dave the speed limit is walking pace in town.
However Dave believes his scooter can hit 30kmh, double what it is supposed to go.
When the group was a fully fledged club with up to 40 members, they even had time trials around cones. Those days are gone, but they will continue to laugh about the memories and even make new ones over a cup of coffee and breakfast.
MOBILITY FRIENDS: Peter Kennedy, back, and Lynn Boyland enjoy their monthly meetings with the Tokoroa Mobility Friends group.