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Early Christmas presents for ConnectGV clients

ConnectGV clients will be given more independence thanks to the donation of six tricycles to Shepparton’s DECA facility.

JOHN LEWIS December 11, 2013 4:12am

Glenn Hurst tries out the new trike.

Christmas came early for keen ConnectGV cyclists yesterday with the delivery of six tricycles to Shepparton’s DECA facility.

The Gomier adult-sized trikes worth about $959 each were bought with a $9000 donation from The Community Fund Goulburn Valley.

ConnectGV disability services manager Leah Ross said clients would use the Shepparton cycle retailer Avantiplus-supplied trikes for recreation and physical exercise across the city.

‘‘The aim is that they become more independent. The opportunities are endless with the fabulous cycling tracks and flatness of Shepparton,’’ Ms Ross said.

She said the new trikes would help make cycling accessible to all abilities.

Ms Ross said ConnectGV has had cycling activities on Tuesday mornings with trikes borrowed from Verney Rd School.

She said Shepparton’s Valley Sport would provide a cycling coach for a year funded through the Victorian Government’s Access for All Abilities program.

DECA has offered to store the trikes on-site.

Ms Ross said the trikes would also be available to people with a disability who might not have contact with ConnectGV.

The Community Fund GV chief executive Lisa Mckenzie said the fund was happy to donate to such a worthwhile activity.

‘‘It’s wonderful. It’s such a tangible thing to do with money. You can just see the joy on their faces,’’ Ms McKenzie said.

She said the donation was part of the organisation’s annual round of major funding, which this year amounted to $120000.

She said other projects to receive funding included new horse sheds for Riding for the Disabled; kitchen fit-outs at Undera and St George’s Rd primary schools; brightly-coloured bowls for vision-impaired members of a Numurkah bowling club; and a music program for Brayton Youth Services.

‘‘These are great programs that impact directly on our most vulnerable people. It’s priceless,’’ Ms McKenzie said.

The Community Fund GV is also running a Christmas present donation program at various locations across Shepparton.

To donate to The Community Fund Goulburn Valley, visit

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