JULIE OWENS MP SIGNS UP TO RIDE FOR TAD IN THE SYDNEY SPRING CYCLE
Federal MP for Parramatta Julie Owens will be getting on her bike for TAD at the Sydney Spring Cycle on Sunday 21st October. Ms Owens is raising awareness and funds for TAD's Freedom Wheels bikes for kids with disabilities.
Ms Owens who is a keen cyclist said: "The expression on the kids' faces when they ride a bike for the first time reminds me, every time, what it feels like to ride a bike. It's a great local charity that we should all get behind."
Also mentioned in Ms Owens' speech is five year old Curtis Crichton who is riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on his TAD bike with his mum and dad. Curtis who has cerebral palsy can't walk independently but he has been riding his bike for over a year. Curtis' ride will raise funds to provide TAD Freedom Wheels bikes to more kids with disabilties.
TAD DISABILITY SERVICES WINS AT NSW DISABILITY INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARDS
TAD is the inaugural winner of the Innovation in Independent Living Award at the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards 2012.
The NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards program showcases and rewards those individuals and organisations that are out there doing things differently, thinking outside the box to progress the delivery of services and achieve results for people with a disability, their families and carers. The awards are an initiative of the NSW government in partnership with National Disability Services (NDS).
TAD President Bill Phippen accepted the award from Andrew Constance, Minister for Disability Services at Parliament House on Tuesday 14th August.
TAD CEO Alan McGregor said, "This award is a testament to the exceptional collaboration between TAD’s volunteers, staff, clients and supporters. It is their talent, dedication and creativity that solves problems and breaks down barriers for people with disabilities.
Great innovation has been the hallmark of TAD since its inception in 1975. No two solutions are the same, every item is specifically developed to meet the individual needs of the client. We are delighted to win an award for Innovation in Independent Living and would like to thank the Minister for Disability Services, the NSW Government and National Disability Services for acknowledging TAD’s work.”
Freedom Wheels on Youtube
The Freedom Wheels clinic has been busy over the past few months. Dozens of children have been coming through the doors of TADHouse to be assessed for a Freedom Wheels bike.
Freedom Wheels is a modified bike service which builds bkes for children with disabilties. With the help of highly skilled volunteers, therapists and engineers the bikes are made to suit the individual child's requirements.
Modifications such as outriggers, postural supports, foot supports and customised handlebars are added to the bike to enable the child to ride smoothly.
GOVERNOR-GENERAL MS QUENTIN BRYCE AC TO VISIT TAD NSW
The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC is to visit Technical Aid to the Disabled (TADNSW) at their premises in Northmead on Friday 8th July.
Ms Bryce will be greeted by a number of TADNSW Board members, volunteers, corporate supporters, clients and staff, and shown how TADNSW changes lives for people who have disabilities.
The Governor-General will be introduced to TADNSW’s Freedom Wheels programme which customises bikes for children with a disability to enable them to experience the independence that comes with having your own bike. Children will be on hand to demonstrate their new cycling skills and will be accompanied by proud parents.
The Governor-General will also be shown TADNSW’s workshops to see various items of custom designed equipment which are produced to help people with disabilities live a more independently. TAD’s Computer Support Service will also be on show with staff and volunteers explaining the process for refurbishing donated computers for people who have disabilities or who are disadvantaged and who would most benefit from an affordable computer.
Ms Bryce was invited to visit TADNSW by President Bill Phippen who was awarded Senior Volunteer of the Year 2010 at the NSW Volunteer of the Year awards. Bill, who will welcome the Governor-General on the day, said
‘We are delighted to be receiving the Governor-General at TADNSW. It gives us the chance to highlight the inspirational work that TADNSW does from finding practical solutions for parents in wheelchairs to push their child’s pram to allowing a child to ride a bike when it was never thought possible.’
TADNSW CEO Alan McGregor said, ‘TADNSW has been serving people with disabilities and the aged for over 35 years. Our dedicated and innovative volunteers have developed over 25,000 devices to enable people to live fuller and more independent lives and we are very happy that the Governor-General will be here personally to acknowledge this work.’
Calling all artists – TADNSW needs your help!
EXTENDED - OPEN UNTIL END OF APRIL 2011!
Last year we put out a call to artists to help produce a commemorative calendar to mark 35 years. The result was a colourful, diverse and eye-catching collection of artworks created by clients, volunteers and supporters of TADNSW.
Due to the success of this production, TADNSW have decided to do it again. Now the search begins for content for the 2012 Calendar. As in 2010, TADNSW again ask that you draw something, paint something, take a photo of something - or perhaps you have an even better idea.
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Note: We can return the original artwork upon request.
FREEDOM WHEELS FEATURED IN LIONS AUSTRALIA DVD
Lions Australia run a Mobility Foundation to provide funding support for mobility devices for children with disabilities. Lions have been supporting the HART Walker for years now but thanks to some local support from Blacktown Lion Steve Coleman, they were also keen to include Freedom Wheels too. A short DVD was made to celebrate this partnership, which was recently launched at their Annual Lions Conference held in Sydney this year. Over 15,000 Lions from all over the world attended the Conference and had a chance to learn more about the Freedom Wheels Modified Bike Service.
Come & see us at Sydney CAREX 2010 August 11 & 12 - Rosehill Racecourse - FREE ADMISSION
TADNSW will be at this year's CAREX at Rosehill Racecourse, August 11 & 12. CAREX is "Australia's Premier Health & Aged Care Expo". TADNSW is just one of hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their services covering the following sectors: Acute Care, Home & Community Care, Residential Aged Care, Disability Services and Retirement Living.
The two day Expo is designed for CEOs, DONs, managers, health/other professionals and all interested staff. CAREX represents a unique opportunity for information, education, networking, review & investing. With its mix of product and service based exhibitors, free & fee-paying workshops/seminars and other activities, CAREX is an event not to be missed. http://www.totalagedservices.com.au/sydney.asp
Freedom Wheels Featured in NSW BikePlan
Cycling is increasingly being seen as a greener, healthier and more active mode of transport and recreation for people everywhere. The NSW State Government is keen to encourage more people to ride their bikes and to help achieve this have released the NSW BikePlan.
The NSW BikePlan outlines how the NSW Government will work in partnership with local councils, communities and businesses to grow bike-riding over ten years.
TAD was fortunate to be selected to showcase the Freedom Wheels Modified Bike Service in the NSW BikePlan. To read our case study, download the extracted PDF page.
Gilly Aims For Another 25 Sixes in 2010 IPL UPDATE
Adam Gilchrist managed to hit a massive 16 sixes during the 2010 IPL season, but despite it falling short of the target, Amway will honor their initial agreement to fund 50 bike conversions. An official presentation will be made to TAD in late May.
Australian cricketing legend and Nutriway Ambassador, Adam Gilchrist, has set himself a new challenge when he returns to the field in Mumbai on March the 12th for the IPL (Indian Premier League) season opener between his Deccan Chargers and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The skillful and affable batsman/wicketkeeper, who captains last year’s titleholders, plans on hitting 25 sixes during this highly competitive series that concludes in late April.
To celebrate 35 Years of Service, TADNSW is putting together a commemorative calendar for 2011 - and we want your help.
The theme is: ‘Practical Solutions, optimising abilities’.
Each month will highlight a different artwork and client story. We are calling out to clients of all ages and their families to show US - creatively - how TADNSW has helped them.
This could be: A photo taken with the help of a Camera mount, a drawing of you on your Freedom Wheels bike or whatever else would like to express. We're not looking for gallery quality work, just interesting and creative expressions from the people that know us best - our clients.
All entries will be considered for inclusion in the calendar. Entrants will be notified if they have been chosen. Gift vouchers will be awarded to the winning entries.
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Mao's Last Dancer Charity Screening
On October 7th, despite Winter making a surprise appearance, over 120 people came along to see the film adaptation of Li Cunxin's memoir "Mao's Last Dancer" at Randwick's Ritz Cinema.
The film, which documents Li's lifestory: being picked as a child to represent China as one of Madame Mao's ballet dancers and achieving world-reknown as a talented dancer in the United States, and later his controversial defection from the People's Republic of China. This touching story didn't leave a dry eye in the cinema.
After the film, member of the cast and long time friend of TAD, Penne Hackforth-Jones shared her own experiences of the film and let the audience in on some of the movie's secrets.
The charity screening proved to be a popular fundraiser for TAD and attracted a varied crowd of new faces and longtime supporters.
Thanks must go to Penne Hackforth-Jones for being TAD's special guest on the night, and to the wonderful Randwick Ritz Cinema for hosting the event.
As a charity, we don't often feel like we fit within the local business community. However, we still provide an important service to the community and know that we have many supporters who agree. So this year we egistered TADNSW for the 2009 Parramatta Local Business Awards under the "Specialised Business" category.
We are "specialised" because we help make life easier for children and adults with a disability through a variety of services. Our custom-built equipment, low-cost computer packages, and modified bikes all assist people in the local Parramatta area.
It is the first time we have been nominated for this award and TADNSW is proud to have been named a finalist.
Shutterbugs support TAD
Canon is running a photo competition called 'Creative For A Cause', inviting amateur photographers to submit photos that capture their chosen cause. Have you got a photo that captures the difference TAD has made to someone?
Canon is urging people to get Creative for a Cause by taking a photograph that depicts a cause that they are passionate about and uploading it, along with a 25 word description of what their photo represents and who their selected charity or charitable organisation is, to www.canon.com.au/creativeforacause in Australia.
The top-three photos from each cause category as selected by popular vote and one editor's pick per category will then be reviewed by a judging panel who will select the top-five finalists. From this, the judges will select the winning image.
Australians have the opportunity to win their nominated charitable organisation AUD$60,000.
TAD Petition receives enormous response from the community
A petition was launched in early May, when the future of the funding for our Communications Service was unsure. With the help of more than 900 signatures from our greatest supporters, we have now entered into promising talks with the Regional office of DADHC (Department of Ageing, Disability, and Home Care). Your support has shown TAD to be a important organisation in communities across the state and beyond.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to fill out the petition. We will endeavour to keep you updated as things progress.
Adam Gilchrist set to score for TAD in IPL
Adam Gilchrist, who is Amway’s ‘Nutriway’ brand Ambassador has started his campaign to hit 25 Sixes in the 2009 IPL season which began earlier this month. Gilchrist's efforts will contribute towards 25 new specifically modified bicycles for 25 children living with disabilities through the TAD Freedom Wheels program.
"As a father of three kids, I know how much fun riding a bike can be for a child. Now, every six I hit means a smile on a child’s face," Gilchrist said, adding "I want to clear the boundary as often as I can."
Just before Easter, TADNSW held their second Trotting Night at Harold Park Paceway. Ninety guests turned out for the evening, with a quite a few familiar faces from the last trotting night in October last year.
Besides having a flutter or two on the harness racing going on throughout the evening, it was the silent and live auctions that had people digging deep.
Thanks to our generous sponsors who donated many of the items on the night to the special appearance by Mr Sold himself, Scott Gibbons who made the auction an enjoyable spectacle.
A group of 29 students from Fukuoka Rehabilitation College, Japan visited TAD in March to learn about our services. The students were all studying physiotherapy and occupational therapy and were spending almost two weeks in Australia visiting various disability related organisations and facilities.
With the help of a translator, the students heard presentations from TAD's own physiotherapist Weh Yeoh who took them through the process of a typical project from start to finish.
The visit ended with a tour of the facilities including some hands on time with various assistive devices and modified bikes.
This is the second tour TAD has had from Fukuoka College who hopefully will return in 2010.
TAD wins Award for Bicycle Friendly Business
The Cycling Promotions Fund, who promote the benefits of cycling to people of all ages has given an Honorable Mention to TAD for their FREEDOM WHEELS Modified Bike Program. FREEDOM WHEELS modifies standard pushbikes to enable children and adults with a disability to ride a bike for the first time.
The award acknowledges TAD's efforts to promote a form of recreation often taken for granted, and one that seems inaccessible for someone with a disability. Since the program's redevelopment and launch almost two years ago, we have put over 200 children onto their own modified bike.
FREEDOM WHEELS® is a joint initiative between TAD and Amway’s One by One Foundation, who provide the funding to enable TAD to provide such a unique service.
Local Lion and TAD supporter, Steve Coleman organised for a US film crew who were in Australia to do some Lions related work to come and visit TAD in March.
The Blacktown Lions Club helped two brothers, Ben and Jack Galbraith get their FW bikes by fundraising on behalf of the family.
The film crew came and interviewed the family at Northmead and got footage of the boys riding their bikes.
The Australian Lions District Governor Elvio Munzone was impressed by the work we do at TAD. The footage, expected to be cut down to about 20 minutes, will feature as part of a Lions International DVD that will be circulated around the world, particularly in the USA. It focuses on the work done by Australian Lions who support programs that assist with mobility, such as FREEDOM WHEELS.
Adam Gilchrist gets 'Wheels In Motion'
Adam Gilchrist, who is Amway’s ‘Nutriway’ brand Ambassador has formally accepted Nutriway’s challenge to hit 25 Sixes at the 2009 IPL in India which will contribute towards 25 new specifically modified bicycles for 25 children living with disabilities through the TAD Freedom Wheels program.
FREEDOM WHEELS®, a joint initiative between TAD (Technical Aid to the Disabled) and Amway’s One by One Foundation, is giving kids who are living with a disability the chance to ride a bike for the first time.
"New Horizons" was the theme for this year’s Annual Branch Conference, held in July at the Rooty Hill Holiday Inn.
The three day conference brought together over 60 innovative minds from across the state. Volunteers represented groups from the Northern Rivers, Port Macquarie, Manning-Great Lakes, Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Yass, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Albury/Wodonga regions.
Northmead charity, TADNSW (Technical Aid to the Disabled) hosted a group of international visitors recently when 22 Japanese college students came for a tour.
The physiotherapy and occupational therapy students from the Fukuoka Rehabilitation College Japan visited TAD as part of a week long Australian visit to tour various health care and rehabilitation organisations.
TADNSW was one of six charities chosen to receive a
$50,000 grant for one of their “Unsung Heroes”, an initiative
sponsored by Paul Newman’s Own Foundation. The Foundation, in
conjunction with Sunrise, selected a variety of Australian charities
to receive a share in $1 million.
“My First Bike” was the theme for a special report produced by
Brady Halls for A Current Affair. The Channel Nine story was
broadcast nationally and produced an amazing response from sponsors
and members of the public keen to support the work of the TAD Bike
The story featured four young boys attending one of the regular
TAD Bike Clinics held at Ryde.