Rotary Club rewarded for helping James into modified vehicle

LIFE CHANGING: James Baxter received a modified vehicle on his 22nd birthday. He is pictured with Rotary president Brenda Lyon and mother Beth O'Shea.

LIFE CHANGING: James Baxter received a modified vehicle on his 22nd birthday. He is pictured with Rotary president Brenda Lyon and mother Beth O'Shea.

The Rotary Club of Oberon has been recognised at district level with a Community Service Award for raising money to buy a modified vehicle to enable James Baxter to remain mobile with the debilitating condition of muscular dystrophy.

President Brenda Lyon said this was achieved by a whole community effort. Oberon High School students made a video of James’ lifestyle and placed it on Facebook.

“Many fundraising activities were carried out such as raffles, concerts etc along with donations through Rotary Benevolent Society. A donation by local residents Ross and Julie Gibson enabled us to purchase the vehicle and give it to James as a surprise birthday gift.”

James is an active member of the Oberon Rotary Club as Facebook administrator and designer for publicity.