Lots of kids dream of a new bike for Christmas. And three-year-old Beau Hodder is no different.
The little boy from Googong has cerebral palsy and has received his first bike in time for Christmas thanks to local fundraising and Technology for Ageing and Disability (TADACT).
He can now keep up with big sister Tilly.
His mum Emma asks her little boy "Are you excited about your bike?"
"Yeah!'' Beau replied, with a big smile.
"He just wants to do things with his sister so it's so nice to take them for a ride together," Mrs Hodder said.
Beau was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 11-months-old.
He had been oxygen-deprived at birth due to problems with his mother's placenta. The newborn spent three weeks in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital.
His cerebral palsy is physical and he has no intellectual delays, and is probably "above par".
"Since he was diagnosed, we've just been doing lots of therapy. We're big on him doing things so he's included in society," Mrs Hodder said.
A teacher at Gordon Primary, Mrs Hodder and her husband Jarrod have lived in Googong for four years.
"The Googong community has been amazing in its support for Beau," Mrs Hodder said.
"We don't have any family here except my sister, who is in Gungahlin. So Googong has been our little family away from home."
It was Beau's child care centre - KU at Karabar - that raised the money for his modified bike.
Beau's inclusion support worker Toni Bell and her husband Robert, who works at Canberra company Construction Control, coordinated it all.
"He sent around the hat to all the contractors and within 24 hours they'd raised a huge amount of money and they allowed us to buy the bike from TADACT,'' Mrs Hodder said.
The bike, when modified, cost $2200, covered by the fundraising, which also paid for some therapy for Beau.
"The bike is also really good therapy, it's good for their hips," Mrs Hodder said.
"This is about doing the normal things. He knows he's missing out so to be able to give him things so he feels like being a little boy, is wonderful."
Technology for Ageing and Disability (TADACT) designs and makes equipment which is otherwise unavailable, to help people with disabilities of any age and older people to become more independent in their daily lives.
"TADACT have been amazing," Mrs Hodder said.
Based in Holder, TADACT operates largely on the assistance of skilled volunteers who come up with the design solutions and undertake the modifications.
TADACT occupational therapist Rosemary Robinson said the heavy-duty bike for Beau included big training wheels for balance, a harness to support his chest and enable him to pedal more efficiently, modified handlebars and a steering handle for his mum and dad to help. It could also grow with him.
Mrs Robinson said a modified bike was given to children with disabilities every two to three weeks, some through the National Disability Insurance Scheme and others from fundraising.
"Some get it through NDIS and some get the thumbs down and we can't understand why one gets it and another doesn't," she said.
TADACT was hoping to raise more funds through corporate support, according to its community engagement manager Trudy Taylor.
"We want to raise awareness so that when I go to people, I can say, 'I've got this five-year-old who'd really love a bike but at $2500, mum and dad can't afford it'," she said.
And for Beau, at least, his Christmas dream has come true.