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Cal gets new wheels

Friday, 30th January, 2015

Cal Shepherd gets some last-minute advice from Novita Childrens Services physiotherapist Kate Nicholson before going for a stroll in his new walker. Right: Lions Club representatives Barry Hancock, Geoff Lehman and Brian McCarthy with Cal in his new walker. Cal Shepherd gets some last-minute advice from Novita Childrens Services physiotherapist Kate Nicholson before going for a stroll in his new walker. Right: Lions Club representatives Barry Hancock, Geoff Lehman and Brian McCarthy with Cal in his new walker.

By Darrin Manuel

Callaghan Shepherd has had to spend the last six months watching other kids running and playing at recess, but after a donation from the Lions club, he’s back in the game.

Yesterday “Cal”, who has cerebral palsy, received a specially-designed Mustang walker valued at $4000 from local Lions Club president Geoff Lehman.

“We got a request for it and we had a bit of money there so we decided to support the young lad,” said Mr Lehman.

“It’s a needed piece of machinery and we’re very happy to help out.”

The walker is customisable and can be adjusted as Cal grows, and should provide him with the gift of mobility for years to come.

It will replace his old walker which had offered far less mobility and was becoming a little small for the growing six-year-old.

His mother Megan said she was very grateful for the donation, as Cal had been without a suitable walker for around six months and had been extensively using his wheelchair.

Cal gave his new wheels a spin at the Silverlea Early Intervention Centre yesterday, and after a few adjustments he was zipping around the playground.

He said he was now looking forward to playing “chase and tag” with his schoolmates at recess again.

Cal and his family weren’t the only ones impressed with the donation, with the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (ALCMF) heaping praise on the local club for its efficiency and generosity.

“I rang the president of the Lions Club of Broken Hill to ask ... for assistance to fund the walker; within two days the club had gotten back to me advising that (they) would totally fund the walker for Callaghan,” said ALCMF C2 chairman, Chris Woodrup.

“One week and the whole transaction was completed. My grateful thanks to the Lions Club of Broken Hill for their quick action and dedication to assisting one of their own young children.

“I must say that it turned out to be one of the most organised and fulfilling requests I have worked on in a six-year period.

“I send my best wishes to Callaghan and his family and hope the walker fulfills all expectations.”

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