A few of the wonderful people raising funds for research to cure spinal cord injury.

The Spine Tingling Ride

Spine Tingling RideFrom Canberra to Humpty Doo by bike – a Spine Tingling Ride to help others

In March of this year, Andrew Kerec will take on the punishing, self-titled and self-designed ‘Spine Tingling Ride’ – a 5,450 km solo journey across Australia by mountain bike to raise funds and awareness for Project Edge and other life-changing not-for-profits and initiatives including Hartley Life Care and Livable Housing Australia.

The ride connects two places near and dear to the hearts of the Kerec family.


A close call inspires an Ironman challenge

Chris Garey after completing NZ Ironman for spinal research18 months ago, a mountain bike accident left Andrew Garey with a broken neck and a hair’s breadth from life as a quadriplegic. With support from his family and friends, and a long hard rehab program, Andrew is now back on his feet — so much so that he and his brother Chris took on the Ironman NZ triathlon at Lake Taupo to raise funds for SpinalCure. After a superb effort Andrew had to pull out before the end, leaving Chris to finish the gruelling race. The brothers raised over $3,500 for research! Well done and thank you.

Pictured: Chris Garey after finishing the race.

Immi K’s Afternoon Tea

ImogenNine year-old Imogen has done an impressive job of raising funds for spinal cord injury research by hosting an afternoon tea.  Imogen is a dancer and can’t imagine not being able to do so. As the granddaughter of renowned SCI physician Prof. John Yeo, she is well aware of the devastating effects of spinal cord injury and decided to raise funds for SpinalCure to help get people dancing again. Thank you to Imogen, and everyone who attended her afternoon tea!

Our favourite feathered friend!

Penguin BloomThe new book “Penguin Bloom: The odd little bird who saved a family” is a true story of hope and courage. It begins with a shocking accident, in which our friend and mother of three, Sam Bloom, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed. Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest. The book features Cameron Bloom’s exquisite photography and is written by New York Times Bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive. We are honoured that the Blooms, the author and the publisher are all donating 10% of their royalties to research!

Cam’s photo-journal of Penguin is a global Instagram sensation; see it here.

Get this inspiring book here

Running again… just!

Chris Barraclough and sonEarlier in the year Chris Barraclough had a close call with a spinal cord injury. He says, “I have never felt that kind of pain before and it took me … 2-3 months to be able to run without any pain.”  So Chris ran Perth’s City to Surf to raise funds for research. Many thanks Chris.

Pedalling from Perth to Melbourne

samandnickIn 2009 a fit, young Sam Berry was involved in a terrible bicycle accident that left him with five broken vertebrae and just a “paper-width” between full recovery and never being able to walk again. Thankfully for Sam, it was the former and he now wants to do something for those who weren’t as fortunate as he.

With his good mate and parter-in-crime Nick Phillips, the two have decided to cycle the long and arduous 3,600 km from Perth to Melbourne in June/July this year to raise funds for SpinalCure!

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AFL Social Club’s Charity Bake Off

AFL Bake Off judgesOur friends at the AFL in Melbourne held a Charity Bake Off this week to raise funds for research. Special guest judge Shane Delia from Melburne’s exclusive Maha Restaurant was joined by two staff judges to consider AFL staff offerings in “Sausage Roll” and “Cake” categories.

Showing his culinary prowess Shane easily picked up on the ring-in “home-brand” sausage roll and wisely declined to taste it!

Many thanks to Dwayne Wathen from the AFL Social Committee and all involved.

Pictured L to R: judges Ellie George-Brimson (Umpiring Department), Shane Delia (Maha Resturant) and Andrew Gennai-Garino (Strategy Department).

Remembering Ricky Banister

Ricky Bannister
Ricky Bannister

Our condolences goes out to Ricky Bannister’s family and friends. Ricky fractured his C5 vertebrae on the 15th April 2013 after a horse riding accident. After 1 year and 6 months of fighting severe health issues Ricky sadly passed away, aged of 39 – the day after his sons 1st birthday.

His family kindly asked for donations to be made to SpinalCure in lieu of flowers. We are honoured and grateful for their thoughtfulness and will continue to work towards our goal of a cure so that tragedies like Ricky’s become a thing of the past.