AUSTRALIA’S worst injured survivor of the Bali bombings in 2002 has been named Queensland’s Father of the Year.
Ben Tullipan was awarded the accolade by Scripture Union Queensland at a lunch in Brisbane on Wednesday.
The double amputee does have two children of his own but is being honoured for his work with kids who have joined the Queensland Amputee Golf Association.
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Ben is Association President and said they use golf as a form of rehabilitation.
“For the arm amputees it gives them strength in the good arm they’ve got and for the leg amputees it helps them develop balance, which is something you don’t have much of when you lose one or two of your legs” Mr Tullipan said.
The Association is currently helping a boy named Kyle who lost both of his legs and eight of his fingers to Pneumococcal.
They are also raising funds for Jack, who has Cerebral Palsy. They need around another $3,000 to get him and his family suitable transport to make it easier for them to get around.
Mr Tullipan said they encourage amputees of all ages to play.
He said something that really moved him, happened during a recent event at Noosa Springs on the Sunshine Coast.
Ben was attending a coaching clinic for para and quadriplegics. The association has access to wheelchairs that raise people up to a level where they can play a game of golf.
One man, who is in his late 30’s, broke down after realising he could speak to someone else at eye level for the first time in his life.
Their next big fundraiser is at Gainsborough Greens Golf Course on November six.