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2016 Top Fundraisers

Hale School – $14,489

Andrew Hadley  – $5,212

Presbyterian Ladies College – $5,005

Insurance Commission of WA – $4,599

Indianna Vidler – $4,315

Ian Macliver – $3,367

Royal IT – $2,689

All Saints College – $2,346

John Butler Primary College – $2,106

Chloe Tassone – $1,501

 

2015 Top Fundraisers

Hale School – $13,411

Anthony Perrin – $13,122

Jose Granado – $6,925

Grant Robinson – $5,879

David Sampson – $5,113

Ian Green – $5,000

John Schaffer – $5,000

Chris Sutherland – $5,000

Stephen Scragg – $3,730

Jon Morris – $3,584

 

2014 Participants

Geoff Rasmussen – Managing Director
Azure Capital

Craig Penty – Director
Envirochase

Ian Green – Company Director
Gangus Pty Ltd

Malcolm and Tonya McCusker – Trustees
McCusker Charitable Foundation

Chris Sutherland – Chief Executive Officer
Programmed Maintenance Services Limited

Terry Agnew – Chief Executive Officer
Royal Automobile Club of WA

John Schaffer – Managing Director 
Schaffer Corporation Ltd

Ross Robertson – Chief Executive Officer
Perron Group

Garry Johnson – Chief Executive Officer
Steel Blue

Jose Granado – Chief Executive Officer
Wood and Grieve Engineers

 

BACKGROUND

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 CHALLENGE

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.

MEDIA COVERAGE

 

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:

Community Wheelchair Challenge Information

Corporate Wheelchair Challenge Information

Schools Wheelchair Challenge Information

Click here for the Wheelchair Challenge Instructional Video

2016 TESTIMONIALS

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)

PLC Website

“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 all ready for their Challenge.

The Insurance Commission all ready for their Challenge.

“The Insurance Commission is proud to be a part of the Wheelchair Challenge to better understand our clients’ challenges” – Kane Blackman

FUNDRAISING

We have set ourselves the target of raising $150,000 during 2016 and to achieve this, we will need everyone’s support.

Check out our Everyday Hero Team page if you would like to support one of our Challengers!

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!

Further information:

p: 08 6143 5800 | e: charlie@wheelchairsportswa.org.au

 

 

 

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