Rural community unites to support people with spinal cord injury in NSW

SYDNEY, NSW – 20 September 2022 – Wednesday 28 September marks the date of the annual Tattykeel Australian White sale at ‘Braxton Park’ Oberon. The Gilmore family will auction off the first named ram Tattykeel Resilience which will have the potential to be upgraded to a stud ram if purchases wish.

All money raised through generous donations and the sale of Tattykeel Resilience will go to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s Peer and Family Support Programme, to help people living with a spinal cord injury in West Central New South Wales.

The Gilmore family decided to support this great scheme, after realizing how essential support was for close friends, Phillip Pellow and his daughters Jess and Ashlea Pellow and Sam Henry, whose family have long supported the Tattykeel Australian White scheme. , owner a stallion of their own.

After spending more than a year in a spinal rehabilitation unit after a serious car accident resulted in paraplegia, Sam Henry recently returned home to mid-west New South Wales. Now 22, Sam is starting a new chapter in his life on the farm as a person in a wheelchair.

Sam said: “If I hadn’t met the SCIA Peer Support team, I don’t know what I would be doing right now, I definitely wouldn’t have gone hog hunting on a quad, that’s for sure. . The team has opened my eyes to things I never thought possible. The support I received while in rehab and continue to receive is invaluable and gave me the hope and confidence to live my best life.

Each year around 320 newly injured spinal cord patients enter our spine rehabilitation units, around 30 people undergoing SCI return to rural areas of NSW each year.

Rural people with spinal cord injury report barriers, including fewer health care providers with expertise in IBS or rehabilitation, attitude restraint, and a lack of knowledge about the specific needs of people with SCI.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s Peer and Family Support Program is the only service of its kind where people with lived experience can share their stories and experiences with people with new or existing spinal cord injuries and their families. This support can take place while they are traumatized in the spinal unit, when they return home, and at critical times in their lives when they need to tap into people with lived experience.

The Peer and Family Support Team provides the hope and positive mindset that is so important to recovery and shows by personal example that it is possible to overcome the trauma of your injury, recover and live your best life.

If you would like to be part of this amazing initiative, you can either donate through the link provided or by bidding on Tattykeel Resilience during the annual sale on Wednesday September 28 (the auction starts at 10 a.m.).

Tattykeel Resilience Fundraising Page – Tattykeel Resilience Fundraiser – JustGiving
Auction Information – Australian White | tattykeel
For more information on SCIA’s Peer and Family Support Program, visit Peer and Family Support – SCIA
Peer and Family Support Video –

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) is a non-profit organization working for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other neurological conditions. Our community services help people overcome obstacles, build independence, achieve goals, and lead fulfilling personal, social, and professional lives.

Our work revolves around the following axes:

  • Improving people’s health, mobility and independence through exercise at NeuroMoves
  • Provide a one-stop-shop for information on available services, advice and support
  • Sharing the lived experience of spinal cord injury through peer support
  • Influencing social change at the systemic and individual level through advocacy services
  • Provide occasional, temporary or emergency care
  • Help people find a job, study or training
  • Run an Australian disability business that employs people with disabilities and pays full awarded wages
  • Provide accommodation for people returning home from hospital or needing a break.

We were founded by people with spinal cord injuries over fifty years ago; people with disabilities make up over 25% of our staff and the majority of our board live with spinal cord injury.

We have physical locations in Sydney and the New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia region, and we support people in all the countries.

OUR VISION: To create a world where people with spinal conditions and neuropathy and their loved ones thrive.
OUR MISSION: To advance the rights, choices and entitlements of people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders, and to ensure that relevant, high-quality services are readily available for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders. other physical disabilities.

For more information about Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and to donate, visit

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Lisa Edwards
Phone. : 0413 202 107
E-mail: [email protected]

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