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Lottery grant gives Manu greater independence

The Gisborne Life Unlimited (now known as Mobility Centre) Store team is pleased to see Manu Kirikiri out on her new Neo mobility scooter, after receiving a Lottery Grant.

“We have worked with Manu to get her application for funding in and resubmitted when she was initially unsuccessful,” says store manager M-J Bloem. “Finally, we are thrilled to see her on her own scooter.”

Manu used to rely on the Sunshine Service Bus to get to her appointments.

The volunteer-run service plays an important role in the Gisborne community, providing door-to-door transportation for the elderly and people with disabilities.

But having a mobility scooter now gives Manu greater independence and flexibility to get out and about when she wants.

“What a fantastic change in her life with all the independence of being able to get out and just go see everything,” says M-J.

Want to know more about lottery grants?

Lottery grants aim to enhance the lives of people with mobility and communication-related disabilities.

Grants can be used to fund the purchase of vehicles, vehicle modifications, scooters and other mobility equipment that will provide outdoor mobility.

They are also available to people with communication-related disabilities for the purchase of equipment to facilitate communication.

Visit the Community Matters website for more information or visit a Mobility Centre Store to talk about eligibility and how to apply.

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