More electric wheels for disabled tots

More electric wheels for disabled tots

DSC_8752honorThree-year-old Avondale lad Devon Roke has never walked under his own steam, but from Wednesday he and seven other children with cerebral palsy will at last be independently mobile, thanks to volunteer-run charity Gobabygo.

The small group of volunteers adapts ride-in electric toy cars specifically for each disabled child who successfully applies, to give them the experience of independent mobility.

Research has discovered that being independently mobile in a fun way, using an easily-available ride-in device, helps children make friends, relate to siblings, and even test boundaries.

“Many of our Gobabygo kids have never been told ‘no’ before,” says Gobabygo CEO Gilli Sinclair. “If you can’t move yourself about it’s hard to be naughty, yet testing boundaries is as important to kids’ development as play.”

Better still, the cars may have some therapeutic effects, as children are encouraged to hold their heads up, or develop better hand-eye coordination and dexterity, to better enjoy their car.

The charity is always seeking sponsors to add to the short list already helping get these tots mobile, including Zyber, Allied Medical and BMW.

BMW will host the kids, their parents and therapists and the charity while Gobabygo’s dedicated volunteers check fit, adapt alterations or check further requirements.

BMW corporate communications manager Ed Finn says BMW was delighted to get involved, and give back to the community.

“Our head office staff get a big kick out of seeing Gobabygo kids moving around our ground floor under their own steam, and our dealers have got on board too, with Jerry Clayton BMW North Shore the latest to host these excited kids and their new cars,” says Finn.

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