Raising funds for all-terrain wheels

Raising funds for all-terrain wheels

Mercury Daily | May 27, 2011 | By Grier Williamson

COURTNEY Haddrick, 17, is on a mission to make Tyson Jensen’s dream a reality.

Tyson, 25, is confined to an electric wheelchair.

“He has a degenerative disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) which affects his muscles, making them weaker as he gets older,” Miss Haddrick said.

Mr Jensen visits the Mackay Engendi Disability Respite and Activity Centre and his dream is to own an ATV (all terrain vehicle) wheelchair that will enable him to do the things he enjoys, such as going to the beach, fishing and his favourite hobby of pig hunting.

She is independently raising funds through her own initiative. “I have a made a tip jar with a sign that tells people what the money goes towards. I have it at my workplace at Black’s Beach Seafood,” she said. “I have been fundraising for three weeks with the tip jar and so far I have raised about $300,” she said.

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