Bike ride to help disabled

BEING a surfer himself, Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker jumped at the chance to help out the Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) with a charity bike ride.

He will be peddling from Mclean to Kempsey with Leeann Lloyd, from the Disabled Surfers Association, to raise both awareness and funds for DSA.

“We are hoping to raise about $5000 from the ride,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Leeann was excited to get out and about, and see the area in a different way.

“It is so much fun seeing the picturesque areas around here with nothing in between you and the air. I am having a blast,” she said.

The association, which began in 1986, provides both surfers who have been injured and can no longer surf unassisted and disabled people looking for a day of fun and adventure with a safe and supervised activity in the water.

While the exercise is a valuable experience, it is also fairly costly to run with specialised equipment needed such as wheelchairs that are able to go on sand, costing around $3500.

Other equipment is needed for the cause including new volunteer shirts and surfboards to keep up with the growing demand.

For any more information about DSA, go to

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