It is amazing what can be achieved in the space of two short years, and the momentum that can build for something that started as a means to provide opportunities for less fortunate individuals. Peter Burt and Clara Davies have reason to be proud of their role in creating an Australian first – an Easy Access Basket (EAB) for a hot air balloon. This specially designed hot air balloon basket, which incorporates a side access door and customised seating and seatbelts, was the result of a lightbulb moment, then meticulous planning and an unwavering belief that anything is possible.
Launched over the Melbourne CBD at the end of May 2012, the EAB was a collaborative effort between Burt & Davies (“B&D”) and Global Ballooning Pty Ltd. Unlikely partners, but with a common goal and a shared love of hot air balloon flight, they have opened up the world of “lighter than air flight” to less able-bodied individuals. People who are often denied experiences and who would otherwise be excluded from such an activity. Since May 2012, the EAB has literally taken off and made dreams come true..
The launch of the EAB saw two B&D clients with severe physical limitations take to the skies and share a magical dawn flight with members of their families. It was a spectacular morning, not only from the perspective of the atmospheric conditions but also because of the joy and freedom that accompanied the achievement of doing something that was previously impossible – the smiles on that morning said it all. However, since that time there have been countless other smiles and fulfilled dreams for other less able individuals.
Scope Victoria has been a great supporter of the EAB. Scope was pivotal in assisting with the arrangements for Lavourne Service to experience a hot air balloon flight. Lavourne was born with cerebral palsy and despite her resilience has faced constant daily challenges. She has been a long term client of Scope, and had an even longer standing dream to fly in a hot air balloon. Due to the development of the EAB, Lavourne fulfilled her dreams and became the first Scope client to take to the skies! A truly inspirational woman, she exclaimed during her flight that for the first time in her life she felt “completely normal”.
The EAB has continued to create opportunities for many. The journey for many has been inspirational. The journey for us has been unbelievably rewarding.
Recently we have been very honoured to be recognised for our work in developing the EAB. We have been nominated by the Law Institute of Victoria in its 2014 Community Recognition Program.
By clicking through to the Community Recognition Program FB page and choosing our story as your favourite, you will assist us to provide even greater opportunities for many individuals, including Scope’s many deserving clients. If our story manages to generate the most “likes” by 5 June 2014 we will win a $5,000 donation for our chosen charity, being Scope. Please follow the link, choose the “click here” button under the photos and choose our story which appears as the first in the top left hand corner. By doing this you will also be making your own contribution to this story – https://www.facebook.com/
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For more information on how Burt & Davies can help you, contact either Peter Burt or Clara Davies, specialist Car Accident Lawyers & Car Accident Compensation Lawyers, Level 11, 451 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. They are both Accredited Personal Injury Lawyers who practice exclusively in Transport Accident Compensation & TAC claims.
Telephone (03) 9605 3111 or freecall 1800 109 940
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