Joshua?s schoolmates come to the rescue
THE first time Joshua Wakewood used a dune buggy was at his Year 5 camp at Scotts Head last year, and a new world opened up to him.
Suffering from muscular dystrophy, Joshua had come accustomed to watching his friends have fun from the sidelines.
"Muscular dystrophy is a muscle-wasting disease. This means I can't walk anymore and I'm getting weaker," Joshua said.
But thanks to his friends and teachers at Mary Help of Christians, Joshua no longer has to sit the fun out.
Teacher Mary Barnes said after the camp, the Year 5 students began a fundraising project to purchase a 'dune buggy', which would cost $3500.
"All the Year 5 students became involved in the project and we had a big letter-writing campaign seeking financial support from business houses in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell," she said.
The hard work paid off, and last week, Joshua was presented with his new mode of transport.
"It will be really great to get down to the beach in the dune buggy instead of my dad carrying me, and it lets me play with my family and friends in the waves."
Thanking all who offered support, Mrs Barnes said while Joshua was presented with the dune buggy, they were still short of the target, with the now Year 6 students still involved in seeking sponsorship.