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Christmas Appeal 2022
Help us continue our work
SCIA exists to help people like Stuart and Dawn, who have spinal and neuro conditions, and their loved ones to thrive. We empower people who experience spinal and neuro conditions to live their best life, the life they choose.
Whether people are in crisis in the spinal unit, transitioning to home, building their life skills, optimising their health and mobility through exercise therapy, reconnecting to the community or employment, or dealing with a mental health challenge, SCIA is there to help at every stage of their journey.
Please consider making a life-empowering donation this Christmas to help us continue our good works and expand to help the many currently unsupported Australians.
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Stuart with our Peer and Family Support Team
Stuart was volunteering at a school in Nepal in 2018 when a tragic motorbike accident changed his life. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia.
Like most of us, Stuart has been inspired and found meaning in life after meeting our Peer and Family Support team members. They supported him both in the spinal unit and after returning to the community.
“When I was in the spinal unit, I used to look forward to Wednesdays when the Peer Support team would come in. They’ve taught me so much.
To meet someone who not only survived but who is living life in a wheelchair is unbelievably strengthening. It just gives you hope and creates a reality for people like me. I now want to live life, not just survive it.
“SCIA has given me many opportunities to live, enjoy my independence, and grow. I’m now living in an apartment on my own with minimal support, which I absolutely.”
Dawn with our Engage Program
Dawn sustained a spinal cord injury in 2019 following cancer treatment. Her injury left her feeling isolated from the activities she had previously engaged in and processing the grief of a changed life.
Our Engage program helped Dawn to reconnect with the important things in her life, re-establishing connections and forming new relationships with others with a similar lived experience.
“The program gave me a chance to take stock of the things in my life that are important to me. It was also great to share and get to know others who were different but the same as me – we had all gone through grief and loss, but that is not our final chapter. I am determined to live a life of fulfilment.”
The Engage program explores how the people and activities we engage in bring meaning and enjoyment to our lives and considers how both are affected by disability.
Spinal cord injury does not discriminate
It can happen to anyone in an instant but the impact lasts a lifetime. More than 20,800 people live with spinal cord injury in Australia, with one new injury every day. Whilst the causes are varied, the one constant is that every spinal cord injury is traumatic and life-changing, usually permanently so.
Your donations are enormously appreciated.