In the city of Izmir, Turkey located on the Western coast, a new paralympic sport is gathering the attention of everyone. That sport is BOCCİA !!!
We have been playing boccia in Izmir for a few years now (since we discovered the sport in 2008 in China) but after watching the Paralympic Games 2012 in London we now have a dream to go to the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil. “Man’s reach should exceed his grasp” perhaps.
It can never hurt to dream. And dream big we have … With the help of Demand Sport this dream is coming true for our most physically disabled athletes right here and now. Our friends at Demand managed to get us 4 of their boccia ramps to take back to Turkey. Players who had never been able to play competitive boccia, for lack of proper equipment, were able to put their accuracy to the test using this equipment.
For many, it is already a dream come true. The new professional approach of our program has drawn the attention of the local municipalities and sports clubs to find new players, coaches and referees. That’s all for now :). You’ll have to wait to see what will happen next.
Could it be international competitions in Turkey? Let’s dream on…………..
We provided a refurbished Jenx Bee to a client, Belinda C. in Brisbane Australia. The ‘Bee’ was for her young daughter, Sydney. What is a ‘Jenx Bee’? Well the manufacturer describes it “as a seating system designed to support young children from four months to five years as they learn to sit. The Bee offers conventional sitting, reclined sitting”. Further more they say that “…the Bee helps your child get busy – busy sitting well, joining in, playing and creating”. Belinda would certainly agree with all of that, not least the “joining in”. Here’s what she wrote to Ben at DEMAND after receiving the Bee:
“Hi Ben, it’s here and Sydney loves it!! Thank you guys so much, she is so happy in this chair. Now Sydney can eat dinner with us! Thank you! Belinda”
Belinda was kind enough to send us a photo of her daughter, Sydney – and her mum’s words perfectly summarise the moment captured by the photo (below):
“…Sydney has just finished her dinner for the first time at the big table with us, she is so chuffed!…”
As well as being pleased with the positive impact this refurbished chair has had on her daughter’s life, Belinda was also impressed with the quality of the work we had undertaken on the chair before shipping it to Australia.
“…And…the chair looks brand new!! It was really easy to adjust … I really appreciate the extra effort in providing the printed copy of the manual..”.
We are pleased to report that Belinda and her daughter are just two of the many thousands of people who have benefited from the work DEMAND does in recycling unwanted equipment making it fit for purpose again at a fraction of the cost of new.