RLOA dances with wheelchairs for Disability Action Week

RURAL Lifestyle Options Australia celebrated Disability Action Week with a wheelchair dancing event.

Two instructors taught about 16 guests how to square dance with wheelchairs for two hours on Friday, September 15 at The Centre Beaudesert.

RLOA service manager Shane Ferguson said in the many years the organisation had celebrated Disability Action Week, this was the first time wheelchair dancing was held.

“We received a call from Scenic Rim Rollers who used to use these wheelchairs and as it seems their group was diminishing, and wanted to know if they could donate them to us,” he said.

“We thought it was a great idea if they could teach us a bit of dancing as well.”

Mr Ferguson said the donation came at a time when RLOA was planning this year’s activities and events.

“Each year we pick a theme for Disability Action Week,” he said.

“Last year, we had a disability special olympics event but this year we had no theme so this (donation) came at a perfect time.”

Mr Ferguson said a second wheelchair dancing event could come into fruition in future as instructors and RLOA staff and members had a good time.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, there were lots of laughter and giggling,” he said.

“We had only a small break to have a drink of water and recharge because everyone had been really eager to keep on dancing.”

Mr Ferguson said there were many benefits to wheelchair dancing, including bringing the community together and the physical exercise involved.

“It brought to life the challenges people who are in wheelchairs face and how they move about,” he said.