Saturday 21 October 2017

Dublin in 2030? Girls dream of more wheelchair swings for sister

Abi and Laura Kelly show off their idea for wheelchair trampolines which they submitted to Dublin City Council’s ‘Imagine' programme
Abi and Laura Kelly show off their idea for wheelchair trampolines which they submitted to Dublin City Council’s ‘Imagine' programme
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

TWO little girls were asked to imagine what they would hope the world would be like in 2030, and dreamed of a place that would be more accessible for their wheelchair-bound triplet sister.

Abi and Laura Kelly's idea stemmed from their participation in the Dublin City Council 'Imagine' programme, which yesterday invited 100 primary school pupils to bury a time capsule full of their hopes and dreams for the future in the grounds of the Mansion House.

Nine-year-old Laura imagined Dublin in 17 years' time as a place that was cleaner with an 'adopt a street' campaign, while Abi dreamed of a world they could "share" with their special needs sister Rebecca.

Their proud mum Carol said the triplets were very close and liked to do things together.

"Abi's project was about changing all the playgrounds so there were more wheelchair swings, and there would be more wheelchair trampolines," she said.

Rebecca is a pupil at the Central Remedial Clinic, while Abi and Laura are both pupils at St Brigid's Girls' National School in Killester.

The plan is to reopen the time capsule in 2030.

Irish Independent

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