Field of Dreams for mobility service
With the support of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Field of Dreams initiative and the Cowboys Leagues Club, 30 volunteers and clients of Cootharinga’s Rehabilitation Technology Service (RTS) are looking forward to a big night-out at the Cowboys v Titans game at 1300SMILES Stadium this Saturday night.
“The RTS is a one of a kind service in North Queensland that has been assisting people with a disability for over 20 years, providing repairs and modifications to wheelchairs or other mobility equipment,” general manager of the Cowboys Leagues Club, Clint Williams said.
“The service doesn’t receive a lot of recognition for the amazing impact their work has on the lives of those that they help so it’s great that we could join with Cowboys Field of Dreams and give them a great night out and highlight their work to fans at the big game on Saturday.”
Rachael Urquhart, marketing and public relations assistant at Cootharinga says “most often a standard store bought wheelchair or piece of mobility equipment has four wheels and a seat that is expected to suit everybody’s shape. This can be very rigid and uncomfortable for many people and as we know all body shapes are different.”
The RTS modifies the wheelchairs to suit the individual, making them more comfortable, easier to use and reducing the need for replacement equipment over time.
“The service also modifies chairs to suit the amazing range of activities people with a disability participate in. Whether people like to play sport, go off-road or down the beach, we modify their chairs to give them the mobility they need,” Rachael said.
“The North Queensland Cowboys Field of Dreams is a fantastic initiative and the generosity of the Cowboys Leagues Club in providing game tickets means that our RTS volunteers and clients can relax and spend some extra social time together.”
Since it started, the Cowboys Field of Dreams program has given over 2,000 special individuals in the community the opportunity to attend a Cowboys game to watch their heroes live in action at 1300SMILES Stadium.
Fiona Pelling, Cowboys general manager of community said, “each game day, one of our Field of Dreams sponsors donates 30 home game tickets to a charity in recognition of their valuable contributions to our local community.
“The Cowboys Leagues Club’s generous support for the program means that everyone attending the game will get to learn about Cootharinga’s Rehabilitation Technology Service and its fantastic work to help North Queenslanders who have a disability.”
For further information on the services provided by Cootharinga North Queensland, please visit http://www.cootharinga.org.au/