Life made easier for Panmure competition winner - July 2013

Alice Buchanan July 18, 2013 : 0

Leon Ogilvy is one happy 22-year-old! On Thursday afternoon, dtr and the Deputy Mayor of Auckland arrived at Unitec to award him his brand new mobility scooter. For Leon this isn’t just a scooter – this is a life changer.

To celebrate the range of scooters now available in dtr stores, dtr Panmure offered the public an opportunity to win a mobility scooter. When Leon’s older brother, Sam heard about the Local Heroes competition he was quick to contact us.

Each entry received was highly deserving, however with the help of leading disabled athlete, Cam Calloen, Leon was chosen as the winner.

Auckland Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse, presenting the scooter to Leon

Effected by Cerebral Palsy, Leon finds difficulty in doing many of the things the rest of us take for granted. Even getting around with his wheelchair was a challenge on Unitec’s large campus, where he is studying Employment Skills. Leon was forced to eat his lunch alone every day, as the common area where all his friends have their lunch is too far away to push his walking frame the entire way.

Thanks to his new scooter, Leon can now get the most out of his uni experience. The added mobility and confidence have opened up a new world of opportunities for this young achiever. It will allow him to participate in games with his more physically able friends and generally have more independence without his brother or dad “cramping his style.”

A big thanks to Allied Medical and all the community groups who helped make the competition a real success. We are thrilled to have such a deserving winner in Leon and we hope he continues to enjoy his new freedom.


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