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Australia Day Honour for TAD President

Mr Bill Phippen, TAD President of 15 years, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.

Photo courtesy of Rob Tuckwell Photography

Bill, a qualified engineer, has dedicated over 35 years of his life as a volunteer, designing and building custom equipment for people with disabilities.

He is the President and a founding member of TAD Disability Services, the only charity in NSW which designs and builds custom equipment to enable people with disabilities to lead more independent lives.

TAD CEO Alan McGregor said, “For over 35 years Bill has led and inspired TAD volunteers through his determination to make the world a fairer and more accessible place for people with disabilities. This is a truly well-deserved honour.”

TAD’s core workforce comprises of nearly 300 skilled volunteers who are supported by a small staff team.

Bill joins a list of 10 other TAD volunteers in NSW to be given this honour, a huge achievement for a small organisation working hard to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Bill has made and modified cots to enable new mums with disabilities to look after their babies and has been an integral part of the Freedom Wheels modified bike program helping children with disabilities to ride a bike.

“OAM for service to people with disability is overwhelming to me. I am thrilled that this award has come for routine work; meetings, drilling, cutting, sawing and painting to produce devices to benefit our friends with disability,” said Bill.

Solve-TAD acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to elders past, present and emerging.