Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association is calling on members and corporate supporters to join ‘Team Sporting Wheelies’ to tackle the 2017 Bridge to Brisbane (Sunday August 27) following the success of last year’s awareness and fundraising campaign.
The Bridge to Brisbane is one of the largest community events in the state, with individuals and teams choosing either the 5km or 10km course and raising funds for their charity of choice.
The Association’s Member Services Coordinator Naomi Oliver is encouraging everyone to get involved.
“The buzz you get from being involved in such a large-scale community event, where everyone is there to have fun and support charity, really lifts your spirit and gives you a newfound energy to get you through the ‘race’.”
“It’s the Association’s 40th Anniversary this year, and the Bridge to Brisbane fun run is a great opportunity for members to get together socially (and maybe a little bit competitively), catch up with old friends or rivals, and show the community what people with a disability can achieve.”
“Let’s make it our biggest and best year yet!”
Forty-five Association members, staff and family members, including 10 people with a disability, signed up for Team Sporting Wheelies last year and raised more than $12,000 to help fund the Association’s life-changing programs and services.
Association gym member and NeuroMoves client Wouter Ernsting was the team’s highest fundraiser last year, and arrived at the finish line to a hero’s welcome.
Wouter was inspired to join the team in 2016 by his trainer Sarah Corley, who worked with him twice a week to support his recovery following surgery on a life-threatening arteriovenous malformation (AVM) on the right side of his brain.
“I did lots of gait drills with Sarah to improve my walking. We work really well together because she’s very particular like me, very encouraging, but strict when necessary,” said Wouter.
“She asked if I wanted to join Team Sporting Wheelies and I’m quite a stubborn guy, so I said yes. I was very tired but very excited crossing the finishing line after an hour and a half.”
Team Sporting Wheelies welcomes people of all abilities including runners, walkers, and people using electric or manual wheelchairs. Participants can choose the 5km or 10km course and take part on their own or with other team members at a leisurely or competitive pace.
The 2016 Bridge to Brisbane sold out, so make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the action!
Click here for more information and to register for Team Sporting Wheelies as a participant, a fundraiser or both. Please note that if you register before July 2, you will be eligible for the early bird race registration fee.
For all Team Sporting Wheelies enquiries, contact Naomi Oliver on (07) 3253 3333.