Soaking up sun and adventure

Hand-feeding dolphins, parasailing and sand tobogganing were just some of the exciting adventures 30 intellectually disabled adults from Lismore and Ballina got to experience on a recent trip to Moreton Island in Queensland.

With the help of 11 volunteer support staff, the group from the Ballina-based Biala Support Services and Lismores Challenge Foundation spent several days enjoying themselves at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.

This is the second visit to the resort and the third trip that Biala Support Services has organised.

Holiday co-ordinator Sue Parker said the idea for the holidays was dreamed up some years ago when her daughter Tracy, now 34, used to go on similar trips with Lismore Challenge.

She really enjoyed herself and when they were discontinued she asked why not have them again, so we started the first holiday to Hervey Bay for a group of 15 young people, she said. Many of them came back and asked for more to be organised. They have such a good time, thoroughly enjoying the interaction with their friends, and the volunteer support staff, who either work with a disability service or have a family member with a disability, were just fantastic.

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