Strollers, wheelchairs, prams and sand don't normally mix – but they will at this one-of-a-kind community event.
Beach Access for All is a free community day in Port Elliot that aims to give people of all abilities a day out at the beach.
ACH Group's three new Mobi-Mats – 30 metres of portable pathways – will be rolled out at Horseshoe Bay, providing a path to the sand and water for people who rely on wheels or mobility devices.
Organised as part of ZestFest, the day will bring together residents of West Park, staff, family, friends, community groups and anyone who wants to celebrate and share a love of the beach.
ACH Group became the first aged care provider in Australia to buy beach pathways for residents of its West Park residential home at Goolwa in April this year, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for Older Australians.
ACH Group's Jane Young, who instigated the project, said the mats enabled people who grew up near the beach to share a summer ritual that many of us take for granted.
"For people who haven't had the chance to visit the beach for 20 years or more, it is a real thrill," she said. "We're looking forward to getting out and about this summer and sharing our mats on this community day."
Volunteers from local Rotary and Lions clubs will cook a barbecue on the day, which will run from 10.30am to 2pm.
The Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club will be there to offer trials of its beach wheelchair, permanently stored on site.
Research around the world has shown that people who are active and socially connected are happier and have a better sense of wellbeing and overall health, regardless of age or health status. All ACH Group residential care homes embrace a unique 'Healthy Ageing' approach to make it as easy as possible for residents to choose to be active, remain connected and engage in what they love to do every day.
Come along with your friends and family and enjoy the Beach Access for All community day. Call 1300 22 44 77 to register your interest as this event is weather dependent. If the event needs to be postponed due to poor conditions you will be informed prior to the event.
Call 1300 22 44 77 to register your interest as this event is weather dependent. If the event needs to be postponed due to poor conditions you will be informed prior to the event.
NOTE: Subject to weather conditions. Please check the ACH Group events page - www.achgroup.org.au/events - closer to the event for any updates.