Bevan Kearsley, is living with a spinal cord injury as a result of being involved in a motorbike accident 26 years ago.
Having benefitted from much research carried out into spinal cord injury, rehabilitation and recovery, I am keen to ‘pay it forward’ and to raise funds myself for programs close to my personal journey. Spinal Life Australia and the Perry Cross Spinal Cord Research Foundation are deserving charities that help people live positively with their disabilities and I’d like to assist them to do their work.
Along with raising funds for research I am also undertaking this ride to demonstrate the ability of people with disability and to raise awareness about inclusive tourism.
My fundraising idea:
Despite acquiring my spinal cord injury through a motorbike accident, I remain a dedicated and passionate bike rider – I now ride a three wheeled wheelchair scooter.
I intend to ride around Australia to raise funds for these programs .
ABOUT THE TRIP
I will be riding my Scooter around Australia starting from King George Square, waved off by local dignitaries and media, heading north along the Queensland coastline to Cairns stopping in most major cities raising awareness along the way.
Then across to the Northern Territory to Alice Springs and north to Darwin via Jabiru, for more PR and fundraising, over the top end of Western Australia and down the West Coast to Perth with a rest day as for all capital cities to take part in media activities.
From Perth, down along the Southern Coastline and up to and across the Nullarbor to Adelaide to raising more much needed funds. Then via the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne, taking videos and pictures along the way, posting to our Website and other Social Media pages to show how Tourism can be inclusive to all.
Leaving Melbourne, I then head across to the East Coast and north in the direction of Darling Harbour, Sydney in an effort to make appearances on “Today” and “Sunrise” and deal with other media enquiries.
Once those commitments are fulfilled, I head north on the last leg back home to Brisbane through Newcastle and Byron Bay to finalize the trip in King George Square. A full itinerary of my planned route is attached.
Check out this great video
Just because we're in a Wheelchair doesn't mean our life is over.
27 years ago after my accident Centrelink said I couldn't have a "Disability Pension" as I was a qualified "Chippie" and be able to work so they put me on jobsearch.
I guess They were right after all, HUH who knew.!!!!!!!!
This is a short video showing how I built my wheelchair Accessible Camper Van.
June 19, 2020
Your support will help bring this life-changing app to all Australians with a physical disability. To help us create a more accessible Australia.
We’re looking forward to sharing an exciting new initiative later in the year to help people with a physical disability participate and contribute to their local businesses and communities through the development of an online app.
The Accessible Australia app will be a free resource providing comprehensive accessibility information on destinations in cities and towns across Australia, including hotels, restaurants and cafes, bathrooms, parks, beaches and more.
Users will be able to identify the accessibility levels of businesses and venues in their communities or the communities they visit, as well as leave reviews and share their own experiences with other users.
CEO Mark Townend said an important part of the app’s development was involving people with lived experience of physical disability, such as Spinal Life customers, in every stage of the development process.
“We wanted to put people with disability at the centre of the design of the app, to make sure that the project focused on the most important things for its users,” Mark said.
“Our team at Spinal Life have been working hard on gathering information on venues across Australia, while working with Telstra Purple on developing the tech side of the app.
“We are putting the finishing touches on the app and the first version will be available later this year as we work with our customers and other people with physical disability on testing the app and contributing reviews to get it ready for a wider Australian launch.”
Mark said the app will help users make informed decisions about inclusive local businesses, which helps them to participate in and contribute more to their local economy.
“This is especially important as Australia’s businesses and tourism destinations recover from the impact of COVID-19,” he said.
“The app has also enabled us to initiative higher-level advocacy conversations with local governments and tourism organisations across Australia.”
When visiting Bevan at home, his natural talent and love of gardening is clear.
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Above is a copy of the front page of the newsletter that the Peer Support group put out monthly to the Spinal unit at the Princess Alexander Hospital in Brisbane.
It shows Bevan was the quest speaker at the Spinal Unit on that particular day, telling his lived expeirences and what people with a Spinal cord Injury are capable of, Bevan believes the wheelchair doesn't define you, it's what you do once you are in that chair is what defines you,
You are still the same person after your injury as you were before the injury, but have been given a new direction in life.
If you would like to know more about the Peer Support Group and what they do, or you know someone who would like to share their lived expeirences, please click on the button below to find out more.