Red Inc wins its own game of thrones with new toilet
A PORCELAIN bowl may not mean much to some but to the people of RED Inc, it's a royal flush.
The disability group is that happy they finally have a disabled access toilet in their Magellan Street Arts Studio, after spending months fundraising, they're holding an official opening for their new loo.
A $10,000 grant was the first step towards a new toilet but with quotes between $30,000-40,000 for the new addition, they obviously needed more money, RED Inc chief executive Marie Gale explained.
So they held a fundraiser at the Lismore Workers Club, through which they raised a further $5000.
Local businesses and people, such as builder Wayne Bird, electrician Peter Gow, Eagles Plumbing and Michael Offley, then graciously pitched in with pro bono labour and discounted products and finally RED Inc had a toilet people in wheelchairs can access.
RED Inc still has to make up the balance on the costs but is hoping another government grant they have applied for comes their way.
The new toilet brings great happiness to the workers and clients at RED Inc - their previous toilet was a disgrace, dilapidated and not wheelchair accessible, Ms Gale said.
This meant many RED Inc clients would have to trek all the way to the public toilets in the Strand Arcade if the call to nature came.
It also meant some had "unfortunate experiences" en route, Ms Gale said.
And, in case you were wondering - yes, the new loo has been christened but it is unknown who was the first user.
The official opening of the loo, titled "So you think you can hula", will be held on April 2 from 3-5.30pm at the studio, 87A Magellan St, Lismore.
Dress to impress in Hawaiian flair and enjoy the performances from surprise local artists and a hula comp, with grand prizes to boot.