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Spill on road horrifies
Wheelchair-bound difficulties brought home
HOME SAFE: Cust woman Julie Adamson says she is grateful to the people who came to her aid
while on a shopping trip last week.
By CATE BROUGHTON
A TRIP to Rangiora to do some errands
turned into terrifying ordeal for tempor-
arily disabled Cust woman Julie Adamson.
However, the trip also showed her the
face of human kindness.
Trying to cross High St, just outside the
Waimakariri District Council building, the
front wheels of her wheelchair caught on
the ramp and she was tipped forward and
onto the road.
I was terrified and it hurt, and I thought
I was going to get run over, because it was
in the middle of the road.''
Almost as soon as she hit the pavement,
help appeared completely out of nowhere'',
A woman picked up her handbag and ret-
rieved the contents, while a man righted
her wheelchair, put her back in it and
asked her where she was going.
I said, over there', and he got me there
and made sure I was safe.''
In all the shock of the moment, Ms
Adamson said she didn't get to say her
thank yous properly.
Being disabled and trying to get around
so-called disability ramps is really difficult,
so I just want to say thanks.''
The short shopping trip was only the sec-
ond time she had been out of her house
since her surgery.
You get cabin fever.
Everyone says Oh, you can sit around
and watch TV all day', but the novelty of
that wears off after 48 hours.''
The difficulty of the outing, exacerbated
by being tipped out of her chair, has left her
reluctant to try it again.
I won't go again unless I have someone
to push me.''
The outing has given her a renewed
appreciation of the difficulties faced by
those who are permanently disabled.
I was absolutely exhausted and the
hardest part is getting over the bumps
She hoped the council would consider the
provisions for the wheelchair-bound and
think about moving the disabled carparks
outside the temporary shops closer to a ped-
Regional river proposal
Two community meetings are being held for
people to find out how the proposed
Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan
(HWRRP) affects them. The proposed
HWRRP was notified on April 27 and sets a
nitrogen limit in the Hurunui catchment that
allows for more development. It also makes
recommendations for water storage in the
zone, and changes the minimum flows for
the Hurunui and Waiau rivers. Meeting
details: (7.30pm to 9pm) Monday, July 15,
Cheviot Community Hall (Cheviot Area
School, Hall St); and Tuesday, July 16,
Waiau Community Hall (3 Cheviot St).
Extension nearly finished
The extension to Swannanoa Preschool is
nearing completion and will open in early
September. The preschool received
$375,000 from the Ministry of Education
and $75,000 from the Canterbury
Community Trust towards the project. The
extension will enable the centre to cater for
an extra 50 children a day. Families are
encouraged to call or visit and pick up an
enrolment pack. Email: enquiries@
swannanoapreschool.org.nz or phone
03 312 6198.
Bridge to be fixed
The Old Waimakariri Bridge will be closed
for seven days to allow for earthquake
repairs. The temporary closure period will
be from 6am on July 15 until 6pm on July
21. There will still be access across the
bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
Intersection to open
Celebrations are being prepared for the re-
opening of the Williams and Charles streets
intersection in Kaiapoi. The Kaiapoi
Promotion Association will host a street
party on July 27, from 10am to 1pm, in
Charles St. For more information, contact
Jane Seddon on 022 062 0785.
Region tops flu jab campaign
Canterbury is leading the way in the
influenza immunisation campaign this year.
More than 30 per cent of under-18s are
protected, including under-5s, and 74 per
cent of people 65 years or older. Canterbury
vaccinators have enough vaccine for 42
per cent of the population and expect to use
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