/ Wheelchair Challenge
Our inaugural Wheelchair Challenge (“The Challenge”) was held in 2014 which focussed on the Corporate sector.
The Challenge was then expanded in 2015 to include a Community Wheelchair Challenge. The aim of both Wheelchair Challenges was to raise much needed funds to support the important work we do in providing social, recreational and sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.
In 2017, The Challenge will continue to include both the Corporate as well as the Community and School sectors.
Research shows there is a 30% participation gap in sport, recreation and social programs between people with a physical disability and their able bodied peers. Our aim is to narrow this gap. We want children and adults with a physical disability to have the same opportunities as their able bodied peers. Having a disability should not impact on your ability to lead a full and happy life.
The Wheelchair Challenge is an event which challenges people to spend just one day of their life in a wheelchair.
The main aims of the Wheelchair Challenge are to:
- Raise much needed funds to help us continue the work we do;
- Raise awareness of the work we do in the community; and
- Raise awareness of the challenging daily issues of accessibility encountered by people with a physical disability, by providing their able bodied peers with the opportunity to have first-hand experience in a wheelchair.
Would you like to have a look at what’s involved? Read some of our great Testimonials from our 2015 Wheelchair Challengers.
Check out some of the great media coverage that we have had below.
- 2014 Corporate Wheelchair Challenge – Jose Granado
- 2014 Schools Wheelchair Challenge – Christ Church Grammar School
- 2015 Community Wheelchair Challenge – Matthew Bullock
- 2015 Corporate Wheelchair Challenge – Tony Perrin
- 2016 Schools Wheelchair Challenge – All Saints’ College
- 2016 Schools Wheelchair Challenge – Hale School
- 2016 Schools Wheelchair Challenge – Kensington PS
2017 WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE
In 2017 we are continuing to offer 2 Challenges – the Community Wheelchair Challenge or the Corporate Wheelchair Challenge. Pick the one which suits you best.
The Community Wheelchair Challenge involves a goal of raising a target of $1,000 and in the case of the Corporate Wheelchair Challenge, the fundraising target is $5,000. Both Challenges will run through the year and culminate on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in December 2017. IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
For more information on the details for each of the Challenges, please click on the links below:
The Wheelchair Challenge can be an incredibly eye-opening experience for anyone who takes it on, no matter their age. Here are some examples of how the class of 2016 have fared so far:
” I didn’t think for a second about how non-wheelchair friendly the world was, nothing in my house or workplace was designed for wheelchair access and that made me think about how these amazing individuals cope in the world, every single day.”- Chloe T
“I really admire people who live in a wheelchair. They deserve a medal.” – Libby (8 years old)
“The experience certainly gave me a different perspective and I have the utmost respect for those who live every day with a physical disability.”- Andrew H
“The Insurance Commission is proud to be a part of the Wheelchair Challenge to better understand our clients’ challenges” – Kane Blackman
We have set ourselves the target of raising $150,000 during 2016 and to achieve this, we will need everyone’s support.
To help with your own individual fundraising efforts, check out our tips to How to ensure fundraising success.
Thank you for helping us to help people with a disability to access social, recreational and sporting opportunities!
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