TWO Shoalhaven children with disabilities were presented with a gift on Monday that will change their lives.
Calom Thomas-Wellington from North Nowra and Murray Buchanan from Culburra Beach were given modified bicycles that will allow them to get around like other children their age.
Nowra Lions Club past president Mick Ison and president Barrie Hepburn were proud to present the bikes to the two families.
The boys were quick to mount up and could not wait to explore their new-found independence.
Sherese Thomas said when Calom test rode the new bike, it was the first time he had ridden.
“We had been trying to get him a bike for ages,” she said.
“He was very excited to see this one. He’s a pretty active boy and this is one thing he’s never been able to do,” Ms Thomas said.
It was a similar story for Leonie Gregorenko, who said it was the first time her son Murray had sat on a bike.
“This is wonderful because he wasn’t afraid. His sister Maddison is looking forward to being able to go for rides with her big brother,” she said.
The bikes and support frames were donated by the Nowra Lions Club as part of a statewide Lions initiative.