Ellise Locke (9) won one of the Newspaper Garment categories in the fashion parade at the Wheels on Woopi fundraising event. Photo: Contributed
Ellise Locke (9) won one of the Newspaper Garment categories in the fashion parade at the Wheels on Woopi fundraising event. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Life will be beachy for wheelchair users in Woopi

WOOLGOOLGA will have a beach wheelchair for public use thanks to the huge generosity of the community.

The Wheels on Woopi fundraising event has been labelled a massive success following the fashion parade and dinner event last week - with more than 130 people attending and funds well over expectations raised.

Organisers Vicki Bartlett and Lisa Nichols said they were overwhelmed with the response.

"We are both overwhelmed by the support - we both work full time and have families to attend to so only had little personal time and resources to put into this. Without such a giving community there is no way we would have been able to pull this off," Ms Nichols said.

Entertainers, hairdressers and make-up artists all donated their time to ensure the event was a success.

"Everyone involved was a volunteer. People were contacting us via Facebook and emailing from all over Queensland and NSW offering to help and sending donations."

Sonia and Steve Smith from Mowers and More donated $1000, while another local family that did not want to be named donated a kayak that was auctioned off for $200.

"We still have a raffle to draw before we know how much we have raised, but we are way over expectations.

"Currently our plan is to buy one chair, build a shed and organise some signage."

The beach wheelchair is expected to be available for use before the Easter long weekend.

For more information visit the Wheels on Woopi Facebook page.



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