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Toora Lions – the pride of the district

• Access to her home is easier now for Tracey Van Kuyk, thanks to the Toora Lions’ construction of a ramp with a gentle gradient.

• Access to her home is easier now for Tracey Van Kuyk, thanks to the Toora Lions’ construction of a ramp with a gentle gradient.

LIFE has become a little easier for some locals, thanks to the effort of some unsung heroes.

They are far too modest to blow their own trumpets, but word has got out nevertheless of the carpentry projects members of the Toora Lions Club have carried out gratis for Jenny Morris of Foster and Tracey Van Kuyk of Toora.

It was while the Lions were delivering a load of wood (another of the jobs they quietly perform for the community) to Jenny, who has a degree of paralysis and gets around in a wheelchair, that they noticed the poor state of her verandah. They offered to fix it, and once she had purchased materials, they came back and made repairs. Now Jenny can wheel herself out to sit in the sun on her back deck.

“I’m so grateful to the Lions. I have waited for years for someone to do this job,” Jenny told The Mirror.

Jenny’s was the second carpentry job carried out by the Lions in recent months. Over several weeks in January a group of Lions put in a ramp at the home of Tracey Van Kuyk, who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. This is a progressive condition. Tracey can still walk, but at times it is easier for her to get around in a wheelchair. Only limited funding is available from the government for house modifications, so Tracey was wondering what she was going to do, and that is when the Lions stepped in, offering to construct a ramp to the front verandah of her Toora home.

The Lions constructed a long, gently sloping ramp from the front drive to the verandah, complete with a concrete apron at the base and a hand rail.

“It is now much easier to get in and out the front of the house,” said Tracey. “I can’t thank the Lions enough. We are so lucky to have such good people in the community, willing to give their time to help others.”

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