Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bendigo Advertiser

The consummate TrailRider photo taken by Ros Hart (my wife
and Carer) -click to view the article
Yes, I know you've seen this before, but readers of the Addie probably haven't.

I was delighted to be interviewed by journalist Emma, especially as I have my eyes on the Visitor Centre there for yet another Victorian chair. 

Some unholy alliance of the City of Bendigo, Parks Victoria and the State Emergency Services is what I have in mind. Here (and her apologies for Mr instead of Dr - I did tell her) is her article

Sunday, June 19, 2016

On the beach

Child insert, volunteer and English Bay
In Australia it is completely normal for TrailRiders to be put in place by Parks Victorian or one of the other "owners"

After that, well after that, comes the sherpa volunteer program. Only setup, so far, in the Grampians. More to come we hope but that is the way it is for now.

In Canada, birthplace of the TrailRider, it is precisely the opposite. British Columbia Mobile Opportunity Society runs a huge and flourishing volunteer program - has done from the very start and Parks has barely started.

Curious eh?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Drawing Room - this time for real!

Patricia Karvelas - host of the Drawing Room

This time it really is on air

On Australian Radio National, each evening, the Drive program ends, at 7:15, with a 15 minute chat in the Drawing Room. The host, Patricia Karvelas, has conversation with one or two interesting guests.

Tonight, the two people will be myself and Claire Dunn. Claire's  thing is Rewilding which, broadly speaking, is bringing people and wild places back together again. Her website will tell you a lot more.

What brings us together is talking about the important connection between human health and nature. See my earlier post shinrin-yoku, Japanese for forest bathing. 

In more academic circles this is referred to as Connection With Nature or CWN. There is a growing body of research in this field but Parks Victoria were way ahead of the game when 8 years ago they launched Healthy Parks Healthy People.

My story will be about about how the TrailRider enables disabled folk to get in on the act.

Tune in if you can. In case you can't I'll post the link after the broadcast so you can listen online.

If you are a Facie why not like Claire's Year Without Matches Page

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Stop press!!!

Our bad - today is only taping for the Drawing Room. You will hear here when it's broadcast - we're told it might be a few weeks.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Drawing Room

Patricia Karvelas - host of the Drawing Room
On Australian Radio National, each evening, the Drive program ends with a 15 minute chat in the Drawing Room. The host, Patricia Karvelas, has conversation with one or two interesting guests.

Tomorrow, 9th June at 7:15pm, the two people will be myself and Claire Dunn. Claire's  thing is Rewilding which, broadly speaking, is bringing people and wild places back together again. Her website will tell you a lot more.


What brings us together is shinrin-yoku, Japanese for forest bathing, which in turn is talking about the important connection between human health and nature.

In more academic circles this is referred to as Connection With Nature or CWN. There is a growing body of research in this field but Parks Victoria were way ahead of the game when 8 years ago they launched Healthy Parks Healthy People.

My story will be about about how the TrailRider enables disabled folk to get in on the act.

Tune in or listen to  tomorrows episode online.

If you are a Facie why not like Claire's Year Without Matches Page