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Slater and Gordon Townsville Lawyer Brian Edmond will spend half a day in a manual wheelchair as part of the inaugural Take My Seat Challenge, run by the Spinal Injuries Association.
The challenge aims to raise funds for, and increase awareness about, people who have spinal cord injuries, and will take place in Townsville on 20 September, during Disability Action Week.
Mr Edmond is one of a number of local Townsville businesspeople who will take part in the challenge. Participants will be invited to reflect publicly on their experience after the half-day spent using a wheelchair.
Mr Edmond, a personal injury compensation lawyer, said that he often represented people who had to live with the massive impact of having a spinal cord injury.
“Spinal cord injuries are amongst the most serious consequences of injuries that can occur in the workplace or on the road,” Mr Edmond said.
“One of the ways we can increase awareness about the challenges faced by people who have spinal cord injuries is by experiencing it for ourselves – and getting out there and talking about it.
“I’m confident that I will come out of the experience knowing a thing or two more about the courage and challenges that people with spinal cord injuries face in their daily lives,” Mr Edmond said.
Participants will be asked to perform a range of everyday tasks such as catching a taxi and using an ATM.
Mr Edmond said he hoped the event would have a direct impact in Townsville.
“I hope to inspire others to donate and make a difference in the lives of the members of the Spinal Injuries Association.”
For more information about the Take My Seat Challenge, please visit www.spinal.com.au.