Seat em­pow­ers

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

Not just a chair for Ham­mond Park res­i­dent.

THE Ro­tary Club of Cock­burn has helped make life a lit­tle eas­ier for a young Ham­mond Park girl.

Over the past 12 months, club mem­bers held com­mu­nity fundrais­ers to build a cus­tom chair for 11-year-old Mikayla Stokes, who has a se­vere dis­abil­ity.

Ro­tary Club of Cock­burn youth di­rec­tor Si­mon Wat­son said the chair has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of Mikayla and her fam­ily.

“The par­ents reached out to Ro­tary ask­ing if there were any grants or fund­ing they could apply for as the fund­ing through the gov­ern­ment they re­ceived for Mikayla had reached its max­i­mum,” he said.

“Mikayla is a grow­ing ac­tive school-aged child who re­quires as­sis­tance in all as­pects of daily liv­ing and this spe­cialised equip­ment im­proves com­fort for not only her but her par- ents and car­ers alike.

“It im­proves com­fort for the child, im­proves safety of trans­fer for par­ents and car­ers from one chair to an­other, it can be moved eas­ily around the home, it im­proves pos­ture and as a re­sult, qual­ity of life is im­proved.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Mikayla Stokes has re­ceived a new chair thanks to the Ro­tary Club of Cock­burn.

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