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Jumping for better motor skills

JUMPING is good for everyone.

That is why leading disability provider Mosaic Support Services teamed up with Eastside Activity Centre to host a Jump-A-Thon to raise funds for the purchase of a trampoline.

Held at the Eastside Fitness Activity Centre on 7 August, the fundraising event saw nine teams compete in an eight-hour “jump-off”.

In addition to the official competition, the day also featured a trampoline show, and the Kitty World play centre was open free to children aged eight-years and under.

Mosaic Support Services chief executive officer Ralph Doedens said the funds raised at the event would go toward purchasing a trampoline for the use of clients at one of the provider’s community access centres.

“The exercise gained from using a trampoline can be very beneficial for people with a disability,” he said.

“It exercises muscles and aids motor skills, assisting coordination and balance, but is also relaxing and relieves stress, as well as having the ability to improve sensory skills.”

In attendance at the event were a number of special guests including Federal Labor Member for Franklin Julie Collins, Labor Senators for Tasmania Carol Brown and Catryna Bilyk and Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer.

Ms Collins said she was “always pleased” to help make a difference in any way for people with disability.

Senator Brown, who is also the Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, said she hoped their donations would help Mosaic Support Services continue to make a positive difference in the lives of people with disability.

Caption: Senator Catryna Bilyk, Labor Member for Franklin Julie Collins and Senator Carol Brown present their donations to Mosaic Support Services chief executive officer Ralph Doedens.