Beach wheelie easy for marg
MARG Burns has a burning desire to get to the surf as often as she can - but since she was confined to a wheelchair 18 months ago, just getting on to the beach was proving almost impossible.
But now, thanks to the generosity of the Bongil Bongil Community of Schools and the local community, it's as simple as wheeling her 'beach wheelchair' down the ramp and onto the sand.
Equipped with all-terrain wheels and a special waterproof seat, the wheelchair, especially designed for the beach and the water, means Marg can head down the beach whenever she feels like it.
And it's all thanks to the local community. When the Bongil Bongil Community of Schools - which includes Toormina High School, Sawtell Public, William Bayldon Public, Boambee Public, Toormina Public, Bonville Public and Crossmaglen Public - heard about Marg's need, they sprung into action.
They organised a red and yellow mufti day at all the schools, with donations to go toward the purchase of the new chair, raising more than $1000 for the cause.
The rest of the money needed for the chair was donated through various charity events organised by the community, including a New Year's Eve party which raised more than $1200.
Marg was overwhelmed by the support from the community.
The chair will be kept at Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club and hopefully will be able to be used by other people who need assistance getting on to the beach.