Generous donation gives a voice to young man

South Western Times

The Dardanup Lions Club has raised $2300 to help a young man diagnosed with cerebral palsy purchase a new speech device to allow him to communicate.

Club president Phil Ottrey said helping those in their community was a priority for the Lions.

“When Dardanup club heard the lengths his mum Theresa and dad Wayne were going to go to, to bridge the gap between their ordinary means and the expense of acquiring a replacement speech device, we got on board,” he said.

“Due to a traumatic birth he has a condition called quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

“His disabilities are severe – but to participate in everyday life Dylan requires individualised and expensive equipment and technology.”

Mr Ottrey said the club had a number of ways to raise money.

“We have got a really well supported raffle at the Dardanup pub every Friday night,” he said.

“We have had a battery drive and we have also done some types of catering.

“The money never seems to run short.”

Mr Ottrey said the club was looking into helping a woman with a similar diagnosis.

“There is a young lady in Burekup with cerebral palsy and the call has gone out to look at that case,” he said.

“There is a wide open space where people need help.”

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