Freedom to play

Rie Moustakas, from Gloria Jean’s, Variety WA CEO Michael Pailthorpe and John Sturzaker on the new Liberty Swing. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d401777
Rie Moustakas, from Gloria Jean’s, Variety WA CEO Michael Pailthorpe and John Sturzaker on the new Liberty Swing. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d401777

The Liberty Swing enables children with physical disability, and balance or gross motor difficulties, to enjoy the thrill of going for a swing.

Worth $25,000, it was partly funded through Variety WA and Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ With Heart foundation.

Gladys Newton School principal Gemma Bosnjak praised the school community for raising the additional $15,000 required for the Liberty Swing’s installation, soft fall matting and safety fencing.

‘A number of parents were actively involved in fundraising, including two fathers who are fly-in, fly-out workers,’ she said.

‘We are so grateful for all their hard work, and for the wonderful support of Variety WA and Gloria Jean’s Coffees.’

Ms Bosnjak said the swing brought joy to the students and was now part of their regular routine.

Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said the swing was one of 12 in the state.

He said the swings were usually installed in public spaces but it was great to have one in a school that was supervised at all times and benefited people with disabilities.