Fraser Coast mobility scooter and wheelchair-users raring to go

A CONVOY of mobility scooter and wheelchair-users will hit the Charlton Esplanade in Hervey Bay next month in an effort to promote the safe use of the vehicles.

The 2021 Mobility Scooter/Wheelchair Convoy takes place on Saturday 4 September in Hervey Bay. PHOTO: Supplied.

The 2021 Mobility Scooter/Wheelchair Convoy will take place on Saturday, 4 September. Participants can register for the event on the morning from 8am at Scarness Park.

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The convoy will then travel along the shared cycle/footpath to the All Abilities Playground before turning around and heading back to Scarness Park for a celebration.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Seniors Liaison Officer Julie de Waard said the convoy was a great way to promote the safe use of mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

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“These vehicles are very important; they enhance people’s independence and mobility,” Ms De Waard said.

The convoy also promotes awareness of scooters and wheelchairs using footpaths across the region.

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Participants will attempt to improve on the Australian Record for the longest mobility scooter/mobility vehicle convoy, which was set a couple of years ago.

The Australian record stands at 80 scooters and wheelchairs in a convoy.

“The convoy, even though it has a serious message, is also a bright and happy event with participants encouraged to decorate their vehicles,” Ms De Waard said.

“There are prizes for the best decorated vehicle; the largest group (participants from the same facility such as a retirement village or nursing home) and best decorated hat.”

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Participants can either register on the day, or to make the process faster, pre-register by contacting the Halcro Street Community Centre on 4194 2441.  

There will be entertainment and food available at Scarness Park after the convoy.

Will you be taking part in this year’s convoy? Let us know in the comments below.

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