News — September 07, 2014
Darren Lomman of Australia selected as one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
For his extraordinary work creating innovative sports and hobby solutions for disabled people, Darren Lomman of Australia was named a 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of scientific and/or technological development.
Applying his education and experience in biomedical engineering, Darren Lomman strived to combine his skills with a passion for helping people with disabilities. First raising awareness, he wrote a paper focused on the rights of people with disabilities giving them the choice of what they want to pursue in life despite physical obstacles. Supporting his paper’s philosophy, Lomman invented a hand-controlled motorcycle that can be ridden by a paraplegic.
What began as a university project quickly ignited the creation of DreamFit, a nonprofit providing innovative, out of the box equipment solutions for making dreams possible for people with disabilities. Lomman now has ten full time staff and last year alone fulfilled more than 230 dreams for the disabled across western Australia. He focuses on his client’s ultimate dreams, making it a priority to find, design and build equipment that can turn these dreams into a reality. Lomman has created modified hovercrafts, boats, bicycles for children with disabilities and even a robotic art easel to enable quadriplegics to mouth paint without needing an assistant.
Lomman’s goal is to build awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities who are often overlooked by mainstream society. Expanding his ability to create impact, he collaborates with local university students involving them in his work to spread disability awareness to the younger generation. These students build respect and rapport with each other and their disabled clients, learning to also appreciate their own abilities. Lomman measures success by the number of people he has been able to help and the number of dreams he has been able to fulfill. He believes all people, whether disabled or able-bodied, should be celebrated for their role as contributing, proud citizens.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.
These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2014 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2014 JCI TOYP Honorees on Friday, November 28 at the 2014 JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.
About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a sustainable global impact.
Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.
Krissy Durant, Membership Services Director, JCI (Junior Chamber International)
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