Lions Club initiative gives boy freedom



JULIAN McNamara will have a little more freedom around home, thanks to the generous support of the Rockhampton Lions Club.

The 9-year-old Nerimbera boy, who has cerebral palsy, will now be able to roam around the home and yard after more than $2000 worth of renovations organised and paid for by the Lions Club.

Some of the improvements included a wheelchair access ramp leading out of the house, better lighting in the yard and pool fencing.

Although Julian did not say much about the community's kindness, his warm smile and excited giggle spoke volumes.

"He has been really happy,'' said his mother, Paullette McNa- mara. "The whole thing has been so touching.'' She said the home improvements could not have been done without the support of the community.

"It helps us out immensely. We could not afford to do it.''

Rockhampton Lions Club secretary Noel Baxter said helping people in need was what the organisation was all about.

"One way we use the money we raise is by putting it back into the community,'' he said.

"We always look for worthwhile projects.''

Mr Baxter also said many businesses such as Ergon Energy donated to the cause.

"Ergon Energy donated the lighting for us,'' he said.

"All of the labour was done with no charge.''

And Julian couldn't be happier ? he is already zipping around the house at high speeds in his wheelchair.



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