Miro crew cel­e­brate shower com­ple­tion

The Leader (Tasman) - - GOLDEN YEARS - JONATHAN CAR­SON

Young Miro Ro­manowski’s new shower room was of­fi­cially handed over to the fam­ily at a week­end bar­be­cue cel­e­bra­tion.

How­ever, the five-year-old, who has cere­bral palsy and ataxia, is still get­ting used to his new shower rou­tine.

About 50 sup­port­ers and spon­sors gath­ered at the fam­ily’s Teal Val­ley home, near Nel­son, to mark the end of the three-month project.

The project was or­gan­ised by Nel­son man Mur­ray Lean­ing and sup­ported by the Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy as well as lo­cal con­struc­tion firms, tradies and busi­nesses.

The Mitre 10 Mega Help­ing Hands team also chipped in to spruce up the gar­dens.

Miro’s mum Eva Ro­manowski said the fam­ily has been us­ing the new shower for about three weeks.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing. It’s all there, it’s all work­ing.’’

And while Miro loved the shower, he wasn’t too keen on his new shower chair.

‘‘He’s still young and needs to over­come a few of his hur­dles, but once he’s there he’s ac­tu­ally got a bath­room he can use.’’

The fam­ily’s pre­vi­ous shower was lo­cated about 10 me­tres from the house up six steep steps.

It was be­com­ing un­safe for Miro who has mus­cles spasms. The fam­ily also wanted him to have in­de­pen­dence as he got older.

The new shower room was big enough for Miro to wheel him­self in. It has a non-slip floor and the sink and light switches were at a height he can reach.

Eva said the vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers of the project have been in­cred­i­ble.

‘‘I’m com­pletely stunned and it’s fan­tas­tic to think that there are so many peo­ple out there will­ing to lend a hand when it’s tough for some peo­ple some­times.

‘‘I’d like to see my­self in their shoes on day and maybe chip in with the next project.

‘‘I wish I could just pay it for­ward one day. I think that’s what the whole thing is re­ally about.’’

The shower project came af­ter Lean­ing or­gan­ised the re­vamp the Per­rone fam­ily’s home and bath­room last year.

PHOTO: LUZ ZUNIGA/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Happy to have so many peo­ple ready to help him, Miro Ro­manowsky en­joys the sunny Hira morn­ing with his mother Eva Ro­manowsky and El­liot Cousins.

Friends, spon­sors and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, who helped build­ing a new spe­cial bath­room for young Miro Ro­manowsky, cel­e­brated the achieve­ment with a lunch at Hira School.

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