Wednesday, April 19, 2017

USA All Accessibility Project turnng to Australia for TrailRider advice!

Click on pic to watch the All Accessibility Project YouTube 
A recurrent theme here has been how the TrailRider is finding its way into normal Australian society and nothing has said this louder to me than this story.

Colin Quinn-Briggs is an upright (walking person!) who lives in America and is working on a project to get wheelies (non walking people) to the top of the mountain in the picture here.

The YouTube video for the All Accessibility Project can be seen here - if you watch it, and like it, give it the thumbs up just below it. It is well worth watching the 5 minutes but if you are in a hurry skip to 2:37 because this is where he heads down under to find out about the TrailRider.

If you are a Facebook user please Like his page

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Another race with a TrailRider "runner"

Click pic to read the article
In 2013 the first ever (in nearly 30 years) non-walking participant took part in the Oxfam 100km TrailWalker challenge.

In 2017 something less grand, but similar, is soon to take place in the O'Keefe Rail Track marathon.

Jika Knight is preparing to follow in Bruce Tower's footsteps (??) as pilot in this race.

Checkout this Bendigo Advertiser article

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A tale of two Jacksons

Click pic to see presentation flyer
The former CEO of Parks Victoria was Bill Jackson and I had the great pleasure today of  being on his table at the Nature is Good Medicine workshop at the World Congress on Public Health. He is still very actively involved, but now at a global level, in Healthy Parks, Healthy People and, on that account had been invited to take butchers-paper notes at the breakout session named HPHP.

My other great pleasure was shaking hands with Matt Jackson, the new CEO of Parks Victoria as he prepared for a World Leaders Plenary session - talking about Nature is Good Medicine some more.

Sadly son Joshua Hart (thank you, thank you) and I had to run for my taxi back to the train station so we did not hear the session. I will post a video when it becomes available.

Matt too will shortly guest post.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Another World Congress

Click pic to view workshop invitation
This time it's the 15th World Congress on Public Health and I'll be part of the Nature is Good Medicine workshop at 11am on Tuesday morning.

For a mere $440 you can join in too!

I will be on the ACTIVATING THE COMMUNITY IN NATURE FOR BETTER
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH speed dating breakout session.
Click pic to visit website




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Flourishing

Flourish magazine is published, quarterly, by the private health fund Australian Unity and features many useful tips for keeping fit and well.

Fitter, weller customers make less claims on their insurance so it makes good sense to Australian Unity.

I forget who put me on to Kirstie Bedford but she has, in my opinion, written one of the stand-out articles about the TrailRider.

My only quibble is that the focus is too much on "David". Without the efforts and input of Ros, John Kenwright/Parks Victoria and Jo & Rodney Brooke we could not be where we are today.

I think something extra special is the infographic, TrailRider Facts in the second page below.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Things are hotting up

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Getting attention for disability/nature in an increasingly strident Internet can be a fickle thing but, just at moment, there appears to be a growing momentum. 

This piece, from Julie Jones of Have Wheelchair Will Travel has just appeared on the Bound Round site. Bound Round are brimming with ideas for things to with your family - including now your disabled family.

Like the Bound Round Facebook Page

Friday, March 24, 2017

Disabled accommodation "to die for"

Click pic to visit the HWWT blog
 (Have Wheelchair Will Travel)
As a person with MS (pwMS) who is only ever moved around by hoist/sling this picture says more than a great many words. Yes, I kid you not, the bedroom has a hoist-track in the ceiling. This is the Sargood Resort at Collaroy in NSW.

This post on the Have Wheelchair Will Travel blog says more, without me having to type (!) but a very important point, that I did not understand, is that the funding arrangements are such that all this beauty is only available to you if you have a spinal injury.

So don't take "to die for" literally - simply break your back.

I will leave it to Delia Gray, general manager at Royal Rehab in Sydney (who I wrote about in 2013) to say more in her up-coming Guest Post. Please consider this an introduction to her.