Sweet gift of achievement

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KELLY has just fin­ished mak­ing a clay plant holder for her sis­ter.

The Rocky Bay Mos­man Park client said her sis­ter could grow laven­der in the gift she had nearly fin­ished.

Kelly, who lives in­de­pen­dently in Bic­ton, has been at­tend­ing Rocky Bay since 1994, four years after she was in a car ac­ci­dent and suf­fered an ac­quired brain in­jury.

The 46-year-old joined the Getabout pro­gram for so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties with other clients. She at­tends Rocky Bay three times a week for art classes, phys­io­ther­apy and hy­drother­apy ses­sions.

“I’ve built long-last­ing friend­ships with the car­ers here,” Kelly said.

“The ther­a­pists have al­ways been there when I’ve needed them.” NOT-FOR-PROFIT dis­abil­ity services provider Rocky Bay will cel­e­brate its 80th an­niver­sary with a gala func­tion and his­toric ex­hi­bi­tion.

Rocky Bay be­gan in 1938 to help chil­dren liv­ing with po­lio and now of­fers sup­port to more than 3000 peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, and their fam­i­lies.

There are of­fices and com­mu­nity hubs from Joon­dalup to Man­durah.

Rocky Bay chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Tait said Rocky Bay was an im­por­tant com­mu­nity group.

“Our pur­pose for many years has been to op­ti­mise the qual­ity of life for peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity, which is no less im­por­tant to­day than it was in 1938,” he said.

“Rocky Bay wouldn't be where it is to­day with­out our loyal cus­tomers, staff, vol­un­teers, board, part­ners and sup­port­ers, and we thank each and ev­ery one for their on­go­ing sup­port.”

The 80th an­niver­sary open day is on Oc­to­ber 5 in Rocky Bay’s gym at 60 Mc­Cabe Street, Mos­man Park, from 8.30am-5pm.

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