QUOTA DONATION: Kath Bray, Val Browning, Judy Darby, Nora Brooks, Lorenz Beckett, Cath Ninness. In the buggy is Rachael Smyth.
QUOTA DONATION: Kath Bray, Val Browning, Judy Darby, Nora Brooks, Lorenz Beckett, Cath Ninness. In the buggy is Rachael Smyth. Leigh Jensen

Quota grants beach access for all

THOSE affected by a disability will now have a chance to enjoy the full beach experience and even feel the sensation of crashing waves after the generous donation of a beach buggy, called the Hippocamp.

Not-for-profit organisation Quota raised around $7000 to donate the buggy to the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club.

Director Nora Brooks said the revolutionary buggy allows access across all terrains and features beach wheels, meaning it can be submerged in water.

"Those with disabilities are able to be a little more independent, and they can experience the surf like everyone else," she said.

Ms Brooks was inspired to donate the buggy after personal experiences made her realise the impact it could have in the lives of those with a disability in the community.

"It's been a passion of mine for a long time. I have a cousin who has a disability, and he had to buy his own because there are very few available. It means they're now a little less isolated from the beach experience."

Rachel Smyth, director of Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club, said the "amazing" buggy is a valuable asset to the club.

"It's giving the ability for those with disabilities access to the beach which is usually hard because there's no wheelchair access, because the sand is too soft."

"Now they can go to the beach and enjoy themselves with their families."

The donation comes as good news to the club following the theft and vandalisation of a beach buggy earlier in the year.

The buggy, which supports up to 120kg of weight, will be available every morning in front of the surf club.


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