Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On the main street in Daylesford

A passer-by has a try. Rodney Brooke at the back
Two posts ago I reflected on what was needed in the way of a SVP (Sherpa Volunteer Program) for a Shire based TrailRider.

On Saturday morning, in the midst of the shopping rush, Fiona Porter and Karen McAloon set up a table with leaflets and posters hailing the Daylesford TrailRider, and a sign-up sheet. 

Their goal was to gather expressions of interest from potential, local volunteers. They would enrol in the Hepburn Health volunteer program and learn to be sherpas.

Another shopper/sherpa. The table and a bit of Fiona
Porter at the side
My two ex-colleagues, Glenn Stevens and Phil Smith (Dr Phil!) from Ballarat Uni came up and together with Rodney Brooke we cruised Vincent Street amongst the shoppers. 

Those that got interested would have a go and see how easy it can be on a smooth path and up and down a kerb or two.

Trying, more or less always led to signing the sheet and then there were some who simply signed. A fruitful start to the Daylesford SVP.

Ballarat definitely comes next.

Thanks to Glenn for the photos, which explains his absence from them and I think Phil is lurking in the second photo.

1 comment:

  1. congratulations on the work. it seems to be another device for people with disabilities by able-bodied persons. The lack of suspension means that the passenger is bounced around on a trail. It needs a minimum of two people to run it, with up to 4 on the trail. One wheel, you got to be joking. No brakes that i can see. Too long to handle switchbacks on a trail. With the co-ordination needed to keep this thing upright you would be better off using an old-fashioned stretcher. However top marks for trying especially when it appears that very few other people are addressing assisting people with disabilities get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful country.


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