Family get on a roll to help kids with cerebral palsy
WHEN Libby and Joseph Lombardo posted pictures of their daughter, Isabella, riding her special needs bicycle, they were brought to tears by comments from other parents of children with cerebral palsy.
The bikes are made by Pushys and help build leg strength, core strength and balance in those children who struggle with movement and posture — but the $1800 cost is too much for many families.
So the Lombardos persuaded Pushys to donate five of these bikes and parts to go on another 15, which were donated by a variety of bike stores.
Then courier service Inter- parcel came to the party to deliver them free.
“This is much bigger than just a bike,” Mrs Lombardo said.
This Christmas bike giveaway is running now on Isabella’s Facebook page, and is also being used to launch the Lombardos’ new The Upside Foundation, which will help families of children with cerebral palsy.
On December 15 the Lombardos will decide who will receive the 20 bikes — and said the stories from families were hugely emotional.
“It’s heartbreaking reading all the stories. My husband was in tears the other night,” she said. “These children deserve to be included in the community and these bikes give them the chance.”
Entering is simple. Go to the Team Isabella Lombardo Facebook page, share the post, tag three people, nominate a deserving child and then follow the link to The Upside Foundation Australia to fill out the entry form. The foundation will be launched next year.
Isabella poses on her bike.