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.

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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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

explore, experience and enjoy

Click pic to read brochure
Parks Victoria continue to excel in being the globally outstanding sherpas of the TrailRider movement. I am constantly astonished and even more so because I know about things that cannot yet be publicly announced.

Here is the brochure they and the local tourism people have produced for the Yarra Ranges chair.

What I specially love here is that the sherpas, on a level surface are not buff young men.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When did TrailRider become a Thing?

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Reading this article in the Sun-Herald was an extraordinary experience - on account of one sentence:


"And TrailRiders are free to loan in several National Parks"
There it was, bold as brass. The TR word with no explanation and, moreover, "correctly" capitalised.

Thank you Tracey Spicer (journalist - if you read this Tracey please get in touch) and thank you Julie Jones of Have Wheelchair Will Travel

If you want to know more put Julie Jones in the search box on this blog.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Guess what? I found a TrailRider

Writing yesterday's post took me into the Directory and there I saw a comment that I had never noticed before, telling me that there was a TrailRider at Kosciuszko National Park Visitor Centre. I checked my NSW listings and sure enough, one of their three chairs was missing and thanks to this comment (thank you Sagrom) I have now found it.

As readers might know I have MS and something I discussed with the MS Society some years ago was the idea of a Top of the Continent fundraiser TrailRider expedition at Kosciuszko. This was actually the idea of Louise, a reader of this blog.

It goes like this:

  • Louise's vision was of several TrailRiders (her in one of them!) being trekked to the highest point in Australia.
  • I thought that, with three or four TrailRiders, roughly 30 sherpas would be needed and there are cabin-type accommodations in the vicinity where everyone could stay the night before and after the ascent.
  • The MS Society, at that time, would offer online support, seed funding for a "sponsored walk" style event that would spin the publicity event of three or four people, disabled by MS, making it to the top.
  • Top of the Continent? My wheeze. Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa and TrailRiders have been there twice. I don't hold out much hope for the remaing continents!
This is no longer something I could consider organising or being part of - other than making phone calls but someone younger? Fitter?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Where to go near Bendigo (in a TrailRider)

Click on pic to view  or download the guide (PDF)
So you have been up to Loddon Shire Visitor Information Centre at Wedderburn, packed the chair into your station wagon and you and your sherpas are heading out on the tracks.

Where will you go?

These are some suggestions from Parks Victoria about where you might take it for a spin.

They will be handing this out at their stand at Thursday's NDIS Expo in Bendigo.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Victoria Walks

Click pic to visit Victoria Walks
Can I say VW I wonder? Acronyms drive you wild or save you typing.

VW talk about Four-legged Friend walking, replacing level crossings and many other things but, along the way, reference Parks Victoria's access to parks work.

Just saying..








Incidentally (or BTW?) I love their logo which just needs a TrailRider to complete it.

If you are a Facie, here is a chance to Like Victoria Walks:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bendigo TrailRider appearance

All the disabled community in Australia is fascinated to watch the rolling out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) The NDIS promises, one day, to do for disability what Medicare does for sickness - make universal, freely-available care part of our society. Indeed this is why the previous government called this Disability Care

How does the TrailRider fit in? At this stage the NDIS focus is on individual case-management style engagement with those that are disabled but in the future wider approaches will begin. This post showed that.

The Our Choice Expo in Bendigo will showcase all manner of equipment and providers in relation to the NDIS

There will be a Parks Victoria stand with a TrailRider and John Kenwright and all the local staff


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Taking delivery

The Ute in the shadows on the left and the vines looking their
very best - not to mention Rodney and my TrailRider
Yesterday I took delivery of my very own TrailRider. Rodney came over in his Ute (that's what we call a flat bed truck in Australia) and gave me my long-awaited 65th birthday present. 

He had been working away to resolve a slight problem that was most likely brought about by folk who worked on motorising it.

I saw a TrailRider being set up from scratch for the very first time and also had the opportunity to study the rear in some detail. I ended up with a clear understanding of the problem he had been grappling with.
Rear view of the motorised TrailRider. Do
you see how the wheel is displaced a little
to the left?

The slight shift of the wheel towards the left of the chair was causing a metal pin to gouge into the tyre.

Now I hope to go out around Newstead and show off my new toy. Josh (third son) is looking after me. Can a single sherpa safely operate a TrailRider?