May 9, 2014 | Alina Rylko
INSPIRATION: CanGo ambassador Tracy Barrell. —Blainey Woodham
INSPIRING Tweed mum Tracy Barrell says a new website has been created to help those with mobility issues to travel.
The Order of Australia Medal recipient says the CanGo website is particularly useful for holidaymakers.
“I believe people living with a difference will enjoy the ability to see the access and facilities places can provide, up-front, before they venture out on a holiday,” Ms Barrell said.
A recent agreement with North Coast Destination Network will see the site initially focus on Coffs to the Tweed border, then branch out nationally.
“It makes it less confusing when booking that special place to go and relax,” Ms Barrell said.
She said the site would be easy to use for the elderly, people recovering from surgery, parents with prams and people living with disabilities.
“We may appear to be different, but we enjoy relaxing holiday destinations as well.”
Ms Barrell was born without legs and has one arm, and lives a fulfilling life raising her two boys. She’s active in the community and holds many sports titles.
“I am honoured and humbled to be chosen to be an ambassador for CanGo and hope to help make a difference in raising awareness,” she said.
She sees herself as a person with a difference – and not a disability.
“It’s people’s perceptions or society’s facilities that put the ‘dis’ in my abilities,” Ms Barrell said.
The website also features a chat forum for travellers and locals to share their tips. Go to cangoeverywhere.com.au.