Saturday, November 25, 2017

Parks Victoria win Disabled Tourism award - John Kenwright top of our tree

John Kenwright to the (w)right above
Matthew Jackson CEO, Alysia Brandenburg
 Tourism Manager Partnerships and Experiences to the left
Parks Victoria took the pic - click to visit
If you are new to this blog you may not have heard the name John Kenwright before. John, who has become a good - as in share family celebrations - friend to me and Ros, is the powerhouse behind Parks Victoria (AKA PV) winning this award two nights ago.

For me, the standout quote from Matt Jackson - PV CEO, in that Press Release was “There is an abundance of research which shows getting into nature is good for you" - something dear to my heart.

If you need to be convinced of John's pivotal role try typing his name into the Search box at the right to see a fraction of the story. 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jake does it!

Jake is a student at Bega High School and has Cerebral Palsy.

This video, narrated by Jake, tells of his utter delight being out and about on the TrailRider.

It is what Ros and I always dreamt of and what, somehow, we want to turn the NSW and Victoria education sectors on to.

Don't worry that this leads to a Facebook Page - it is Public and you don't have to join!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Should I, shouldn't I?

As TrailRider Tales nears 80,000 views (this post will tip the balance) I have been cold-called, for the first time, by an American agency offering me $40 to let a client put a Guest Post here.

I would have right of veto over the topic - I could even propose my own - the money would change hands if I linked to their blog.

What, dear reader, do you think?


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Late news of the O'keefe race

As regular readers will realise I have been delving into recent TrailRider history and Cara Smith, Disability Inclusion Officer at Bendigo City and Loddon Shire, has been kind enough to send me some juicy snippets about April's O'keefe Rail Trail Race in which three TrailRiders took part.


The effort by locals Dan O’Bree and Travis Edwards in assisting young Marney Lamb (living with cerebal palsy) in the ‘trail rider’ in  the 42.195 km marathon event was remarkable. Green added, “this displayed great courage and community spirit. This community spirit shone through in other volunteer assisted activities throughout the day.”

Two all abilities teams also participated in the Ekiden Relay providing the opportunity for Jika Knight and Matt Creer to be part of the event.  They were assisted by their families and teammates.

The Bendigo Advertiser also wrote about Jika preparing for the race here and you can Like the Rail Trail on Facebook below if you like (!)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ability Adventure on ABC Hobart

A few posts ago I wrote about the Ability Adventure on Mount Field, near Hobart in Tasmania. Since then I have been contacted by Cody McCracken, from Wild Pedder, with a recording of his interview on ABC Hobart. 

I have made that into this video.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A dream come true

Mr Freedman (Bega HS), Jake and Learning Support
Officer Catherine. Click pic to read story
In 2011 the TrailRider was launched in the Grampians. Ros and I have carried, since then, the mental picture of the parents with the disabled child who just happened upon the launch and took Mitchell for a spin.

The joy in their faces convinced us that the ideal passenger was a child and more or less immediately saw that the ideal sherpas were the classmates of that child. The team feeling, the shared venture, the young pilot back in the wilderness. There was even an academic journal paper written about this!

There have been forays into this school/TrailRider space but none as convincing as this one, that I hinted at in my post yesterday - the Bournda Environmental Education Centre, in the Bournda National Park in NSW has bought their own TrailRider and here is their story.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mount Field Tasmania - an Ability Adventure

Luke surrounded by the Park greemery
And, along the way, another of the missing TrailRiders. More on that later in, what will be, one of my l o n g e r posts.

But first to Mount Field,100 km away from Hobart in Tasmania, it is one of the jewels in the crown of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife. For a long time Andrew Smith, my contact there, has been trying to make it happen and finally he has found the funds to put a TrailRider there.

Along with Kunayi, disabled folk in the State's capital are now well catered for.

The first real try out was last weekend's Access Adventure (great name!) in which Luke Ogden had a great time. Over to him - G’day David I have used the Trailrider that is at Mount Field National Park. I had so much fun. I have Ataxia-Telangiectasia 
("ay-TACK-see-uh Teh-LAN-jick-TAY-sha")
is a rare inherited disorder that affects the nervous system, immune system, and other body systems
Ataxia-telangiectasia occurs in 1 in 400,000 people worldwide

Now the question of "missing" TrailRiders. I spent a day on this last week so please humour me as I go on a bit. Basically I have been trying to reconcile Stephen Hunter (in Vancouver, where they are made) reporting the number he has sent to Australia with the one's I list in the Directory or know about through other channels.

I have been talking to the two Australian distributors, GMS Rehab and Mobility Plus and then following up on who their customers have been and learning extraordinary things as I build up this spreadsheet.

Of the ten that I declared "missing" in my earlier post:
  • One never existed. Stephen reported selling 31 to the Australian distributors but they only bought 30!
  • Two are on a "secret PV project" which, when I can announce it, will be one of the most exciting things I have ever spoken of here
  • One is in Mt Field as this post shows
  • One is on Kunayi at Hobart
  • One in in stock at GMS
  • One is on its way to the Flinders
  • One is in my shed
  • One is in Bournda National Park in NSW. That will be part of another very exciting announcement that I cannot, quite yet, speak of in public
  • One (the last) is kept on hand by Parks Victoria for Community  Events
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