Wheelchair rally with Mark Masi, Maureen Shaw, Andrew Fraser, Denise Knight,  Liz Anscombe at the open day at the Coffs Harbour Community Village.  Photo Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advocate
Wheelchair rally with Mark Masi, Maureen Shaw, Andrew Fraser, Denise Knight, Liz Anscombe at the open day at the Coffs Harbour Community Village. Photo Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advocate The Coffs Coast Advocate

Wheelchair racers wow crowd

"EXCEEDED expectations" and "huge success" were phrases Donna Kerr used to describe the Community Village open day.

Mrs Kerr is manager of Coffs Harbour Neighbour Aid and was just one of the village tenants involved in organising the event.

"The whole idea of the day was to promote the Community Village because we are constantly surprised by the amount of people who don't know where we are and what we do," Mrs Kerr said.

Create awareness it did, with more than 500 people coming through to check out what the Community Village has to offer.

Groups who meet at the Community Village held demonstrations throughout the day to promote their regular sessions and encourage people to get involved.

Mrs Kerr said everything at the stalls sold out - plants, cakes, books and all.

"The stalls were set up to raise money for the village and the community donated all of the items.

"Even the sausages for the barbecue were donated and it was fantastic to see so many offer their support."

A highlight was the wheelchair race which Mrs Kerr said was organised with the intention of tying in services offered at the Community Village, which are largely targeted at the elderly and disabled, with an entertaining activity.

The participants were all well-known local identities and with the general manager of Rally Australia, Michael Masi, involved, there was no secret as to who was tipped to win it.

However, Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker took an early lead and blitzed everyone.



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