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Mobility scooter safety days

Published: Tue 1 Nov 2016 03:01 PM
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FREE TRAINING FOR MOBILITY SCOOTER OWNERS
The ever increasing number of mobility scooters using Hamilton footpaths has prompted Life Unlimited Stores and the city council to join forces and run four free mobility scooter awareness training days in the city.
The first starts at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 2 November) at the Hilda Ross Retirement Village in Ruakura Rd.
Guest speakers include Leo Tooman, former police inspector, city councillor and once the face of police road safety in the Waikato, and Mihi Bennett-Smith, council’s road safety co-ordinator.
Life Unlimited Store’s mobility scooter expert Nolan Raos will lead the 2 ½ hour sessions.
Life Unlimited General Manager Enterprise, William Hughes, says the training workshops are ideal for everyone, whether they are already a mobility scooter user or they are thinking about becoming one.
“We see the positive change in so many people’s lives through the increased independence that a mobility scooter can provide and feel it is very important to give people a chance to see how easy they are to operate and how safe they can be,” says Hughes.
Life Unlimited is a charitable trust offering health and disability services, advice and equipment. It operates four stores in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and Gisborne selling a range of mobility scooters including the New Zealand exclusive Neo scooters.
As part of a month-long promotion, Life Unlimited Stores are offering $377 worth of free accessories and 12 months’ interest free on Neo mobility scooters sold in November.
Order of events will be:
· Welcoming address and housekeeping
· Scooter etiquette and anecdotal scooter rider stories
· Scooter Safety/Law/Maintenance
· Morning/afternoon tea
· Scooter trial in a carpark or an appropriate area
Wed 2 NovHilda Ross Retirement Village
30 Ruakura Rd, Hamilton East 10.00am-
12.30pm
Thurs 3 NovCelebrating Age Centre
20 Victoria Street, Hamilton 10.00am-
12.30pm
Tues 8 NovChartwell Cooperating Church
126 Comries Road, Chartwell, Hamilton 12.30pm-
3.00pm
Wed 9 NovGlenview Community Centre
12 Tomin Road, Glenview, Hamilton 10.00am-
12.30pm
Further information online.

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