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A Bridge for Alakai

Alakai is a three year old boy from Taree with cerebral palsy, right side hemiplegia and epilepsy.

He has a large plastic fort with steps and a slide for him to play on to develop his balance and gross motor skills.

As supplied, the fort requires him to climb down into the middle and then climb back up to access the slide. Climbing across is difficult for Alakai.

Allen Pidgeon, from the TAD Manning-Great Lakes Group, took on the project.

He added a timber section over the gap to enable Alakai to travel from one end to the other.

The new section is screwed to the original plastic body and all joints are sealed with soft rubber to eliminate any pinch points.

The new section is finished with blue exterior satin acrylic paint to suit the colour scheme of the original fort.

‘It has helped him heaps. He has so much fun now that he can walk across,’ Alakai’s father Brandon says.

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