Monday, January 30, 2017


These are interesting times (understatement) and ones in which I am taking the unprecedented step of circulating an online petition. 3.3 million had signed at the point that I did. Let us make it 10 million!

Over 3 million have signed the open letter to Trump -- including you! With the announcement of the Muslim ban, it's time to make this the worldwide symbol of resistance -- share it everywhere, and help hit 4 million!
Dear friends,

With the Muslim ban, Trump has shown that the worst fears about his Presidency are true.

This is the start. He's threatening to tear down international agreements. He's threatened to start a nuclear arms race. Didn't believe it before? Believe it now.

And this is happening in all our countries. We must build the global movement to stop it. Over 3 million have already signed the open letter, below, from the world to Trump, and it's been covered across major media. Today it becomes a symbol of resistance. Help it become an even more powerful message -- forward it widely and sign below


Dear Mr. Trump,

This is not what greatness looks like.

The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry. We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence. We reject your denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans, and millions of others who don’t look like you, talk like you, or pray to the same god as you. 

Facing your fear we choose compassion. Hearing your despair we choose hope. Seeing your ignorance we choose understanding. 

As citizens of the world, we stand united against your brand of division.

Recent signers -- Add my name


As Americans take to the streets in resistance, we can show them the world is at their back. Instead of dividing us, let's make Trump a force to bring us together, to fight for everything we love.

With hope,

Emma, Alice, Christoph, and the whole Avaaz team.


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 that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

A second Australian distributor!

The Mobiliy Plus website -TrailRider to be added soon
Click pic to visit
When the TrailRider first came to Australia a crucial first step was John Kenwright organising an Australian distributor - GMS Rehab

Now a second distributor has come online. The folk at Mobility Plus came to fame through their work producing the motorised version of the TrailRider - a completely Australian innovation courtesy of John Kenwright.

The GMS TrailRider page - click to visit the page
They have yet to update their website to include the TrailRider but in the meantime contact them by phone or by email.  1300 011 000   or 

If you are a Facie, here is a chance to Like the GMS Rehab: and Mobility Plus

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Click pic to visit Brambuk
Grampians Park Headquarters
Most times we mention the Grampians here we are speaking of Halls Gap, toward the northern end of the 1600 square kilometer park. This is where the Park Headquarters are found at Brambuk and the Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Picaninny is at the extreme south, near Dunkeld, and invites a whole different set of local neighbours, including Hamilton local Kyal Doneman.

Kyal Doneman and a flock of rangers
including David Roberts, head ranger
In September Parks Victoria rangers took Kyal out on the walk to the the Summit, a part of the Grampians Peaks Trail project.

The end result will have been a grading of that section of  and a flock the trail;according to the two, three or four sherpa ("operator") category defined in a previous post in March 2015.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Making it all worthwhile - a lead in to 2017

The way things used to be - there comes a time though when
the child is just too heavy
This post, that is really just a copy/paste of Julie's guest post in February 2015, came about as I read the summary of her year on Have Wheelchair Will Travel. I then re-read her guest post and had a resurgent sense, appropriate to New Years Day, of what TrailRiders are bringing to Australia and what 2017 will lead to.

I won't attempt to review my year in the same way. Health challenges have dominated of late.

I will leave it to Julie's February 2015 words:

One of the nicest things about having our website, Have Wheelchair Will Travel and the Facebook page is the people we “meet.”  I am constantly inspired by people like David who persevere and bring about change.

Our website and Facebook page started as a very small idea of sharing information about a particular trip we undertook with our son who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.  My background as a travel consultant gave me the advantage of being able to research our holiday thoroughly and when it was a success I wanted to share that information to give others the confidence to travel.  

That simple idea has now grown and we share equipment tips and finds, our travels and other information we feel may help others.  We have only one rule on our page and that is that the stories must be positive and can-do.  We want people to visit our page and always be able to find something positive and uplifting; a story of what can be achieved despite a disability.

An easier way to  do it!

The unexpected gift which has come from having the website and using my background in travel is being able to inform tourism providers of little things which would help someone travelling with a wheelchair.  Whether it is a change to a layout of a hotel room, displaying adequate signage or providing wider disabled parking spaces, all these small things make a difference to guests visiting after us - if adopted.  We find most operators are very open to change and often it is a lack of understanding or knowledge which has prevented it happening before.

Last year we were asked by Dina Bullivant from National Parks Service NSW if we would like to trial the TrailRider and give our feedback. 

We are always up for an adventure and love trying something new, so we jumped at the opportunity.  Doing bushwalks was something we had done before we had children and an activity we always imagined we would share with our children when they came along.  You could say we took it for granted. 

When our son was born with cerebral palsy we imagined this would not be the case once he outgrew a hiking back carrier.  Once he was using a wheelchair we didn’t dwell on the fact; we just did our best to find accessible tracks to give the children a taste of bushwalking.  It wasn’t the same but that was just another modification to our lifestyle.

We were so delighted to take the kids out on a “proper” bush walk with the TrailRider.  We felt exhilarated and it was definitely a liberating feeling at the end of the walk.

We say that we try and find our way around “tricky” situations so our son can experience a wide range of things in life. The TrailRider definitely provides a great way for us to navigate the access difficulties of the bush.

I regularly share on our Facebook page the theory that one person’s idea can bring about change.    It may take many to put the idea into place but it takes that initial person to have the idea, the drive and determination to see it through.

We certainly thank David and all the people that then helped bring the TrailRider to Australia.
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