CQU's students help Rotary make a 'wheelie' big difference
CQ UNIVERSITY'S Associate Vice-Chancellor Owen Nevin decided to make a real impact this week in preparation for the Student Leadership Conference.
"I'd heard about Rotary Sunrise using old pushbikes to make all-access wheelchairs for disabled people in Asia, Nepal and India," he said.
"We had 80 student leaders coming from all over Australia and we thought this would be a great project for them.
"In that beautiful way which is Gladstone, my colleague Alison Murdoch knew someone from the club and they got in touch with project co-ordinator Graeme Bartlett."
Mr Bartlett was delighted to guide the students through the workshops.
"Some of them had never used a drill or hammer before," he said.
"But their attitude was great, they got stuck in and loved it.
"We ended up completing 23 wheelchairs, which will be sent to South-East Asia."
Mr Nevin said Blackwoods had donated more than $2000 in equipment to Rotary.
"The wheelchairs are in huge demand in developing countries," he said.
"The students wrote messages under the seats and our international students included messages in Hindi and Nepali.
"We've been talking to them about being impactful leaders and through this project they're going to impact the lives of 23 people and their families."