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Support needed for Oska's tennis dream

Friday, June 23, 2017

Disability athlete Oska Taylor knows the benefits of what hard work and dedication can do to helping you achieve your dreams.

The 15 year old has been working very hard to achieve his goal of representing Australia at the Special Olympics National tournament being held in Adelaide at the end of this year.

And to celebrate its first birthday, “Maggie and Mr Jones” in Ballina are donating 50 cents from every coffee purchased during June to help fund Oska’s upcoming dream of making the team.

Owned and operated by local Disability Employment Service and registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Provider ON-Q Human Resources, the café exists to provide training and employment opportunities for people in the community with disability.

ON-Q Human Resources, CEO Lisa Smith said profits from coffee purchases would go directly to Oska’s fundraising.

“As a client of ours we are thrilled that we have been able to provide Oska with paid work at the café and he has worked very hard to achieve his dream which is sensational.

“With only one week to go for our celebrations, we want to give Oska the best chance of achieving his dream of representing Australia in tennis,” Ms Smith said.

Since first being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of seven, Oska has had to face many challenges, which he says has been overwhelming at times.

“I work much better in one-on-one situations than in a group and ON-Q Human Resources have supported me all the way.”

“They really listened to me and encouraged me to continue to play tennis whilst obtaining both educational and employment skills. This mix has really worked for me and I am really grateful to have the opportunity to do hospitality training, complete work experience and now have paid work in the café,” Mr Taylor said.

Oska says the opportunity to develop customer service skills as well as gain paid work had really boosted his confidence.

“This confidence has spilled over into my tennis and I feel it makes me want to become a better player, train harder and of course represent Australia this year,” Mr Taylor added.

Since making the Gold Coast Special Olympics team last year Oska is also hoping to achieve his tennis coaching accreditation when he turns sixteen next year.

Lisa said they were really keen to see the local community get behind the social enterprise and support Oska in his dream. 

Before “game, set and match” is called on Oska’s fundraiser this month, please come along to Maggie and Mr Jones. It’s not just about great coffee, it’s great coffee … with a purpose.” Ms Smith said.



All media enquiries:              Lisa Smith


                                             ON-Q Human Resources

                                             Phone:  0427 910 197


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