Lions swing in to help with school play equipment

Jo Cook and a student from Margaret River Primary School test out the newly installed swing, with Margaret River Lions Club's Brian Prendergast and Nigel Vangucci.
Jo Cook and a student from Margaret River Primary School test out the newly installed swing, with Margaret River Lions Club's Brian Prendergast and Nigel Vangucci.

A brand new accessible swing has been installed at the Margaret River Primary School thanks to the generosity of the Margaret River Lions Club.

A shopping trip to the Lions Garage Sale last year led to the club agreeing to help the school.

"Last year our Education Assistants were trying to establish a sensory room on a very limited budget," explained MRPS's Jo Cook.

"Some items were purchased from the Lions garage sale, their staff heard about the sensory room, came for a visit to see what was trying to be achieved and offered financial support for a couple of big ticket items."

Mrs Cook said the swing, which has increased safety features and allows children with special needs to enjoy the play equipment, was a great benefit for all students.

We had the idea for this swing, and there was nothing like it in the community. We approached Lions for financial assistance, and were very happy to help once again.

Jo Cook

"We had the idea for this swing, and there was nothing like it in the community," she said.

"We approached Lions for financial assistance, they came for a visit and a chat, and were very happy to help once again."

Lions President Nigel Vangucci said the swing was exactly the sort of project the Lions loved to support within their community.

"While we have not been able to operate our regular garage sales or accept donated goods as we usually do, we are still always keen to be helping our community especially in these times of difficulty," he said.

"Of course as soon as we heard about this idea we were keen to help, it's a great opportunity for us to remain connected with locals and help wherever we can."

Mrs Cook said the school was grateful to the organisation for stepping in to facilitate the installation.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to Lions for their ongoing generosity.

"Their assistance has helped to provide this all-abilities swing, the first of its kind in Margaret River."

Mr Vangucci said the Lions are very keen to recommence their garage sales once the necessary restrictions are lifted, and encouraged residents and community groups to remain in contact with the group should they require assistance.