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Port Macquarie Support Groups Working Together

The combined efforts of three volunteer organisations saw a local child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy receive a much welcomed piece of equipment. Finn, a student at St Columba School in Port Macquarie, was provided with an Access Platform and Rail.

The Port Macquarie Evening Branch of the Country Women’s Association recently made a generous donation to the local TAD Disability Services (TAD) group. This funding enabled the TAD volunteers to purchase a Tube Bender, which is an important tool in fabricating the frame of the Access Platform and Rail which Finn required to assist his transfer into and out of a motorised wheel chair. The TAD group then sought the assistance from members of the Port Macquarie Men’s Shed to complete the bending and welding of the metal tube.

“Our Branch had supported the local TAD group because it further enhanced the ability of TAD volunteers to assist those with disabilities in our community to enable them to lead more independent lives,” said CWA Evening Branch President, Mrs Margaret Brown.

Finn’s mother, Donna Liver, was delighted with the support, saying “We certainly appreciate the effort all three groups have contributed to giving Finn a little more independence in the classroom with the use of these custom made support aids.”


“We are so grateful for the assistance of both the CWA Evening Branch and the Men’s Shed in helping complete this project, which was both exciting and of enormous value not only to Finn but future clients as well,” said John Brumby, the local coordinator for the TAD Group.

The groups are keen to acquire new members to assist with community projects, and interested persons can call the following numbers for more information:

Port Macquarie Evening Branch CWA: 6584 2202
Port Macquarie TAD Disability Services: 6582 0089 and Port Macquarie Group
Port Macquarie Men’s Shed: 6581 4421

TAD acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to elders past, present and emerging.