In the last week we were truly blown away by the many who supported the Relieve the Pressure Appeal. Some risked embarrassment in front of a crowd during the wheelchair challenges at The Palms and UC, while some able bodied folk spent a workday using a wheelchair to raise awareness. Many spread the word and commented or took photos of how they relieve the pressure in their lives, and of course we thank the more than 200 that donated financially.
Our week long appeal is now officially over, but it’s not too late to help if you’d still like to.
THREE A WEEK
Many of the hundreds who stepped into a wheelchair to take up the obstacle course challenge at the Palms Mall and University of Canterbury where shocked at how difficult it was to navigate the short course in a wheelchair, and the fact that three Kiwis a week are paralysed by a spinal cord injury was sobering.
SMILES AND LAUGHS
But in the spirit in which the events were intended there were only laughs, friendly competition, and generosity shown. Thank you so much to all who participated, volunteered, supported and cheered on from the sidelines. It was a huge success and we are grateful for your support. Watch the video of The Palms event linked with this post.
WHERE DO THE FUNDS GO?
It costs us over a million dollars to provide peer and family support, back to work support, and specialist training and knowledge services to New Zealanders affected by a spinal cord injury. This year we are under increased pressure to make up for a lost funding source.
Thank you to all who gave generously in the last week, both financially and otherwise. We really appreciate you.
Hans Wouters, CEO