Birthday boy's big day
THE dust storm that blew through the region again on Saturday night disappeared for nine-year-old Kyle Sculley, who celebrated his birthday on a beautiful, sunny day yesterday.
Kyle celebrated with family and friends at Fingal Boat Harbour with a picnic barbecue close to the water. Kyle's mum Karen said he loved the beach so she got to the boat harbour early in the morning to secure a shaded table for the birthday celebrations.
Kyle, who was born with cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk, won hearts in the Tweed two years ago when the Tweed Daily News helped raise $40,000 for the Sculley family to buy a modified Kia Carnival to transport Kyle and his electric wheelchair.
Ms Sculley said the modified car she bought was going very well and she could not live without it.
“It's so luxurious and Kyle loves being in there,” Ms Sculley said.
“The hoist we were able to put in there has made it so much easier to get Kyle around.”
Ms Sculley said Kyle had a new freedom with the electric wheelchair because he could move himself around whenever he wanted without having to be dependent on other people.
“He was doing wheelies in the dirt of the car park earlier in his chair,” she said yesterday.
Kyle enjoyed lunch and a splash in the water at the boat harbour yesterday on his birthday but did not get the present he was looking forward to.
Kyle said he wanted a ventriloquist puppet for his birthday after reading a Goosebumps story about a puppet who came to life, but he lucked out this year. Instead he got a make-your-own-slime kit, among other presents, and is hoping for the ventriloquist puppet for Christmas.