Manukau Courier : January 27th 2011
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Course begins: 01 February, 2011 Phone: (09) 255 0404 ext. 733 or 021 755 059 Email: email@example.com Post: PO Box 43-242, Mangere, Auckland 2153, Attn: Aaron Custom trikes are the wheel deal Creative thinking: Mechanic and trike building associate Peter Kuhn says each trike built requires parts from three bikes. Photos: JASON OXENHAM Community spirit: Trike builder Chris Haverkort, second from right, feels lucky to have had the support of neighbouring businesses near his work. Mr Haverkort is pictured with his trike building associates, from left: Rowena Jeffrey, Peter Kuhn and Trevor Duncan. Special bond: Dad Chris Haverkort with daughter Brooke, 16, who has enjoyed a sense of freedom on a custom-built trike that Chris made for her. He has created a range of trikes for children with cerebral palsy and come with different accessories depending on specific needs. When Aucklander Chris Haverkort built a trike for his daughter Brooke, who has cerebral palsy, it proved to be a turning point in her life. What started as an after-hours project in a garage is fast becoming a business that is gaining attention from a plethora of Auckland parents. Trike builder and dedicated dad Chris talks to Rhiannon Horrell about his plans. Sixteen-year-old Brooke Haverkort has a sense of free- dom and a smile to match thanks to a life-changing custom-built trike. The Auckland resident and cerebral palsy sufferer has overcome numerous obstacles in her young life and is facing the world with passion and vigour. She did not get enough oxy- gen at birth which has affec- ted her motor functions. But with the support of her family, Brooke has pro- gressed from mastering basic accomplishments like sitting upright and grasping an object, to completing 9km on her trike in the Weetbix Tryathlon. Brooke has been amazing. She s strong and healthy, her father Chris says. When you ve got a child like that you ve got no idea where you are going. With the right training, Brooke can achieve anything. It s about independence -- she s functioning on an extremely high level for someone with her degree of disability. The Haverkort family -- Chris, his wife Linda and their two children Brooke and Liam -- moved to Auckland in 1996 after spending two and a half years in Kaeo, North- land. We were frustrated be- cause we didn t get the help we required, he says. We came to Auckland for conduc- tive education. It s a system of empow- ering people to reach the best of their ability. Different areas of the brain are encour- aged to take over and this is often through repetition. Chris says Brooke s early years of life were hard to deal with and she was issued with a clumsy hospital-grade wheelchair. People were noticing, staring and looking. Then we bought a colourful Kettler trike. Everything changed for her and we tied her feet to the pedals. She grew out of it so I built a bigger one. Then other parents started getting interested and said to me: Can you build one for my child too ? The 53-year-old says trike production has spiralled, funded by the Cerebral Palsy Society, and is a true com- munity effort. Initially it was done out of charity but now they re coming out of the prototype stage and into early pro- duction runs. There s huge demand for that type of equipment. It makes a huge difference to the parents free- dom and to the kids -- they just transform. It lifts the kids up so much, it s a really exciting experience. Trike building associate Peter Kuhn says a new trike takes at least two days of hard work. I ve got it down to a fine art, we buy new bikes and use the parts. They re labour intensive. I ve worked on around 30 trikes to date. Cerebral Palsy Society project and properties man- ager Michael Northcott has known Chris for a number of years and says the organis- ation funds the trikes at $2500 to $3000 each. The society has a pool of around 25 trikes which are hired out for a token contri- bution. Chris says: My dream would be that the trikes become an affordable piece of equipment for parents to buy for their children. We re just a group of older people who want to do good things for the kids. And he has big ambitions for his daughter: Hey Brooke, I want you out of the house by 18. I ll come visit you on Sundays and you can make me a cup of tea.
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