Official charity plug: "Walk with a Rose"
The observant would have noticed the "official charity" bit I added to my sidebar last week. The curious might have asked "Walk with a Rose, what's all that about?"
"Walk with a Rose" was set up in my home town, Canberra.
It is an eight-week long walk from Brisbane to Canberra by Amy Banson to raise awareness of, and money for, acquired brain injury (ABI).
ABI refers to any brain injury acquired after birth, usually as a result of an accident.
It can result in symptoms such as memory and concentration problems, dependency, irritability, poor problem solving skills and depression. These may be mistaken for being lazy, childish or just hard to get along with.
What's important to realise is that people with a brain injury might exhibit no physical symptoms and still be unable to work or look after themselves.
The short of it is, over 340 000 Australians have an acquired brain injury, of these over 160 000 need daily assistance in living.
The majority of these, even the most profoundly disabled, will be cared for by loved ones at home.
Obviously, carers need a break, and there's a lot that could be done to expand respite care provision - especially at the best facilities that can offer Australians with brain injuries a genuine holiday themselves.
The aim of Walk with a Rose is to raise money to help pay for new facilities at existing respite care centres so more carers can get a break.
The walk's already attracted corporate support from ACTEW/AGL in Canberra and the endorsement of the National Brain Injury Foundation.
So if you were thinking of giving something to charity in the near future,
do consider the "Walk with a Rose" campaign.
More details and on-line donations at: www.walkwitharose.com.au.