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Spinal WA eNews #2

We recap the events of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness week and take a look at what's still coming up on the calendar!

Our 'toy' exhibition event

Last Sunday we held our first ever exhibition event for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness week. A fun afternoon with all kinds of 'toys' on display, designed to inspire wheelies with the other ways they can get around. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who brought something along and for all those who came down to check them out. It's an event we're hoping to make bigger and better in the years to come, so please stay tuned!
Images left to right: Richard Higgins demonstrates his segway. Against the Grain: the modified buggy Jim Cairns drove across Australia's coastline.

Image: Having recently completed the Cape to Cape track, Conor McGrory brought his specialised hand cycle down.

"Take a seat...

...and change your point of view", was the call to action asked by the cardboard wheels that decked cafe chairs at Fiona Stanley Hospital during SCI Awareness Week.

Placed there by the wonderful Dee Donachie (clinical nurse at FSH) and Jon Morris (of Ability One), the wheels encouraged cafe patrons to consider life with a spinal injury to help increase awareness. 

Images: The cardboard wheels at FHS hospital, asking cafe go-ers to "take a seat and change their point of view". 

Another fun, free event for SCI awareness

But wait, there's still more to come! 

This Saturday, Nov. 21st, the City Beach Surf Riders will run a junior surf comp at City Beach north to help promote SCI awareness. 

With accidents in the water still a major cause of spinal injuries, the event will help those using the beach to remember that a 'quick check could save your neck!'.

The event starts bright & early - 7.30am at City Beach north, and there's a raffle too with fabulous prizes, so don't miss out!

Off-road hand cycle project

To be the first of its kind produced in Australia, Daniel Sonnabend is currently running a project to fund a new, well-designed and affordable hand cycle.

The finished product will be lightweight, efficient and utilise where possible commonly used bike parts, so that if something needs to be repaired or changed - it won't break the bank to do so!

To find out more, click here for the website and here for the Facebook page.

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