Tractor trip gets children moving

22 May, 2002 10:00 PM

THE FRUITS of the 9G Tractor Club of WA's historic trek across Australia two years ago were evident at the launch of a walking aid by the Cerebral Palsy Association of WA.

The 9G club raised more than $60,000 for charity during its two-month trek from Steep Point, Exmouth to Byron Bay, NSW.

During that time, 35 9G tractors travelled through remote areas such as the Gunbarrell Highway and Simpson Desert.

Part of the funds raised was donated to the Cerebral Palsy Association to contribute to its Chandi Walker Program.

The Chandi Walker is a specialised walker consisting of a pelvic stabiliser and a wheeled frame that enables children with cerebral palsy to walk hands-free.

It was developed by CPAWA physiotherapists Michael Chan and Dina Frost.

Six WA children have Chandi Walkers and they are now being used throughout Australia.

The 9G Tractor Club is planning another trek for charity later this year which takes in parts of the Gibson Desert and Canning Stock Route.

The club continues to promote the historic role of the Chamberlain 9G tractor, which was considered a famous workhorse in the late 1950s and 60s.

It was designed and built in WA and was capable of reaching speeds up to 50km/h.

Its ability to traverse rock, mud, sand and relatively deep water made it the ideal choice for the trek across Australia.

Many people remember the 9G as "Tail End Charlie" in the famous Redex car trials throughout Australia.


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