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SKI 4 SCI (spinal cord injury)

01 - 05 Apr 2010

My name is Rachael Garraway (Howe) and Im currently training to ski the length of the Murray River, 2200km, on a FENCE PALING over Easter this year. My objective is to raise $300,000 to establish a spinal injury activity based recovery centre here in Melbourne.

In September 2009 a very close friend of mine, Rhiannon Tracey, sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C5 section of her neck, resulting in quadriplegia, whilst diving into a pool in Bali. Having seen first hand the lack of facilities available for the recovery of these patients, I am endeavouring to raise the $300,000 needed to establish a centre in Melbourne. For those patients who are not compensated for treatment of their injuries , a centre close to home would be financially beneficial to assist their recovery process and have the opportunity for the proper treatment to sustain a close to normal recovery/life.

The program is called Project Walk and is the program that Christopher Reeves “Superman” was associated with before he passed away. Project walk has a subsiduary centre called Walk On and is based in Brisbane and one about to launch in Sydney. As Melbourne has a leading Spinal Injury Unit within the Austin Hospital, I believe that it is essential that a Project Walk Centre is launched here to facilitate the treatments for these patients.

On the 1st of April 2010, I will be skiing the length of the Murray River, 2200km, on a fence pailing to raise funds to launch a Walk On Recovery Centre in Melbourne.

The event will commence on the 1st of April and cease on the 5th of April 2010.

Over these days, I will travel approx 500km per day, with mandatory stops between. Fundraising events will be held each day, at the completion of each leg of the event.

Every year in Australia more than 300 mainly young people hear the dreaded phrase “I’m sorry, you’ll never walk again”. Around the world today its estimated 2.5 million people are living with spinal cord injury. Curing the paralysis caused by spinal cord Injury remains one of man’s great neuroscience and medical challenges.

The Walk On intensive exercise recovery program, offers a path to maximising functional recovery through a structured program based upon the Project Walk application of the Dardzinski methodology, which has been offered in the United States since 1999. In Project Walk’s experience, the earlier an intensive recovery strategy is commenced after injury, the greater the opportunity for advancing recovery. This is particularly true for those diagnosed with “incomplete injuries”. If you are recently injured, whether your diagnosis is “complete” or “incomplete” it is vital you commence intensive recovery training as soon as possible.

Project Walk findings have demonstrated that the techniques used increase central nervous system activity, muscle mass and movement, and decrease pain, depression, skin tissue breakdown and other health problems associated with spinal cord injury. These findings are supported by recent scientific discovery involving leading neuroscientists.

Whilst not the “cure” for spinal cord injury, the Project Walk program has resulted in significant levels of recovery for many of its clients. For some, that has included leaving their wheelchair behind and walking out the door. Strict enrolment conditions do apply however the program offers the opportunity to maximise functional recovery beyond the current traditional rehabilitation model.

Entry Cost (AUD): Free
The length of the Murray River starting in Albury exact details TBA 2640
Event Times: 12pm 1st April 2010 untill 6pm 5th April 2010
Facilities: Entertainment
Contact: Rachael Garraway
Telephone: 0407 354 449
Mobile: 0414 638 720

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