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Freemasons give Ryan new wheels

8-year-old Ryan McCarthy can now enjoy rides through his local neighbourhood thanks to a modified tricycle donated by the Freemasons.

Ryan has Phelan-McDermid syndrome and has been receiving support from Therapy Focus since 2012. As a result of his condition, Ryan has an intellectual disability, vision impairment, hearing impairment, is non-verbal and has delayed gross motor skills.

The Charity Committee of the Freemasons’ Lodge St Andrew generously provided $1670 to purchase Ryan a modified tricycle after learning about his love for bike riding, which he enjoys regularly at Kenwick Education Support School.

The tricycle is fitted with a wide seat and waist strap to help Ryan remain in an upright position, as well as foot cups to help him keep his feet on the pedals. It also has an attendee handle that his Mum, Denise, can use if Ryan needs assistance.

Ryan and Denise can now enjoy regular walks through the neighbourhood, which will be made easier by the tricycle and access paths recently installed by City of Gosnells following requests from Denise to make it more accessible.

Freemasons

The Charity Committee of the Freemasons’ Lodge St Andrew (L-R: Bill Weird, David Begg, Kevin McKay, Dennis Fowles, Charles Wolrige Gordon, Tom Ross, Donald Wakenshaw, Clive Lynn) generously purchased a modified tricycle for Ryan.