Friends are on the move

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY / NGA¯ KO¯RERO TAIWHENUA - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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