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27 July 2022
Horsham’s Seth Rolins-Winfield is raising money for his family to be able to modify a car that will accommodate his wheelchair, by selling his art.
The Horsham Primary School student has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects one in 3500 live male births.
The disease causes muscles to break down, leading to progressive difficulty with walking and general mobility, and later on, affects breathing and the heart.
Seth opened an exhibition at JRS Workshop, Horsham, this month, with his artworks available to view and purchase.
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He said he enjoys creating art and thought it would be good to sell it so others can enjoy it.
“The exhibition is a fundraiser for a car that will fit the chair I use,” he said.
“Using the chair is a little bit how I thought it would be. I’m pretty good at it everywhere but at home. I’m not very good at reversing.”
Seth said he was hoping to do another exhibition in the future, but also has aspirations to become a police officer when he grows up.
Seth’s mother, Courtney Rolins, said raising $20,000 would ensure the family could buy the car necessary for wheelchair accessibility.
“NDIS will do a modification to a Kia Carnival, but the car has to be less than five years old and have fewer than 80,000 kilometres for them to do it,” she said.
“We’ve been working hard and Seth started doing art at home for about a year before coming to JRS. It has helped him come out of his shell and find new ways to make art.”
Ms Rolins said Seth became fully reliant on the wheelchair in 2021.
“When he started having to use the chair all the time he wasn’t doing well and didn’t want to go anywhere,” she said.
“It’s his only way around, so on nice days we motor around and otherwise we have to use a taxi. When it comes to going to Ballarat or Melbourne we use the manual wheelchair, but I can’t lift him anymore and it limits me when he doesn’t have his electric wheelchair.”
Shaine Hobbs manages JRS and met Seth last year.
“I encouraged him to come down and we have introduced our art styles,” she said.
“This place is for people with disabilities, to do what they choose to do with art.
“Seth is the first exhibition here. I want more local artists to be able to use the space.”
Seth’s artwork is available at 81 Firebrace Street, Horsham.