Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On air again - Parks Victoria strut their media stuff

I feel a little sorry for the media staff in any large organisation. They keep churning out the Press Releases and in many cases nobody notices. This time though they struck gold and I was interviewed this afternoon on ABC Radio Melbourne (AKA 774) by George McEnroe.

George thoroughly "got it" in terms of the connection between mental well-being and the connection to nature and even introduced an experience of her own which is well worth hearing.

This connection is very clearly addressed by the Parks Victoria Healthy Parks, Healthy People program that we have spoken of so often and is also emphasised by Feeling Blue, Touch Green

Call Caitlyn O’Reilly on 0428 553 040 to get involved. If you love the bush you'll love it even more as part of a Sherpa team.

David Stratton is interviewed on ABC Melbourne by George McEnroe Here is the Press Release. Hats off to Kate Milkins and David Petty at Parks Victoria
Get out into nature and help others do the same If you enjoy bushwalking and would like to help someone who can’t walk to get out into the bush, then the upcoming TrailRider sherpa volunteer training day may be just for you.
 TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs are a cross between a rickshaw and a wheelchair and allow people with mobility limitations to get out and enjoy more rugged bush trails where conventional wheelchairs cannot go. There are ten TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs located around Victoria and people can book these chairs through Parks Victoria or through selected local councils free of charge.
 The TrailRider needs sherpas to push and pull it along a trail and the number of people needed depends on the difficulty of the trail.
 Parks Victoria is aiming to train people as sherpa volunteers to help TrailRider users in the Grampians National Park. When a TrailRider is booked by someone in this park, there is a group of people available to help sherpa the rider along. You don’t need to be super fit, but a love of being outdoors and good general fitness will be useful.
 “Parks Victoria will teach everyone involved in the training how to manoeuvre the TrailRider and how to support the person in the chair to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable park experience. We will spend some time out on a bush trail to practise our skills in a real situation,” said Parks Victoria Community Activation Coordinator John Kenwright.
 The details of the training are:When: 10.00am to 1.00pm, Saturday 18 April 2015Where: Brambuk - the National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls GapRSVP by 14 April to: Caitlyn O’Reilly on 0428 553 040
 “Being able to get out in the bush once again is an absolute joy,” said Dr David Stratton, the man responsible for introducing the TrailRider to Australia. “For many years after my MS diagnosis, I thought my days of bushwalking were over. But now I can enjoy that pleasure again, I want to ensure that as many other ‘wheelies’ as possible have the chance to get out into the bush too,” said David. Parks Victoria Chief Executive Dr Bill Jackson says there is irrefutable evidence that parks are good for our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

 “I encourage everyone – regardless of your level of mobility - to get out of the house or work place and find your park connection. It’s time to re-connect with nature,” said Dr Jackson. If you would like any further information about the sherpa training or the TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs in general, please contact John Kenwright at Parks Victoria on 13 1963. For more information on this and other accessibility features in parks across Victoria go to http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/improving-park-access-for-all/victorias-parks-are-more-accessible-than-ever

1 comment:

  1. Had to share this on our FB page Dave - great message - love what you're doing over there.


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