Thursday, October 24, 2013

What do you do with kids in wheelchairs when it rains?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is two TrailRiders beside
the Lerderberg Rivver
TrailRiders are a "natural" for schools where kids with mobility issues are mixed in with the able-bodied. The Frankston Special Developmental School, on camp at Blackwood, borrowed chairs from Bacchus Marsh and Daylesford and went out in the rain.

The result, apart from some very happy kids, was some of the rare photos of two TrailRiders in action.

Many thanks to Deb Shaddock at Daylesford for passing on these photos. Schools and TrailRiders are a long-held dream of mine.
Two sherpas are all you need on a level track


  1. Recent scientific research has shown (of course!) that when people get out into natural landscapes, there is a quantifiable improvement in mental health.
    I look forward to the day when schools have traliriders as part of their normal camping equipment, just as they might have canoes and cricket sets now.
    It would benefit students with disabilities to be out in wild places ( - but I believe it would benefit even more the sherpa-students to experience the sheer and utter joy they'd be giving to their disabled classmates.

    1. I so agree with you. Too much for each school to buy a TrailRider but brilliant to do what these guys did and borrow local ones.

    2. Just the thing to fire up the passions of the fund-raising enthusiasts. If a school can afford canoes, trailers to carry stuff and sporting equipment, it can damn-well afford a TrailRider! Why should able-bodied kids get all the good gear?

  2. I agree again. A large school would afford, and make good use of, a Trailrider

  3. Great result David, im sure the camp will book out the chairs for each group that attends!! What a great outcome for the Moorabool and Hepburn Trailriders!!!

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    1. I only just spotted your comment - I do apologise.

      Green Gables looks great Do you have many disabled pupils?



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