Trade stigma for shine! Emily’s campaign to shine a light on SCI ability and success.

Beastie and I had to take a morning walk as “I’m busy campaigning for votes”  is no excuse to a dog!

We set off for the park with ball thrower, door key, $5 for coffee and the wind in our hair. Oh, the joy of smells for a dog. I had been invited to join friends for coffee so after 20 mins of ball escapades I negotiated us up the embankment towards the local shops and cafes. As we approached the main street we passed a long line of outside tables all full of Sunday brunchers enjoying their food. Several of the tables had their dogs at their feet quietly sitting, waiting for scraps. I had Beastie on a tight lead so she didn’t disturb the diners with her big, interested in what your eating, nose.

I hadn’t anticipated what happened next. As we passed each table in sequence the seated hounds told Beastie  “Back off buddy, my family, my tit-bits.” In the process of having this conversation the table and chair tethered dogs all tugged towards us. The result was a wave of chaos as each family with a dog had its table moved from under them and several chairs were swiveled with the pets effort so that the diner sat facing the road rather than their breakfast. As we turned the corner Beastie looked at me with the  “I did nothing” eyes.

Back at home and back on the campaign …..Beastie has a message “Don’t do nothing!” Vote

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Shine a light on what matters. Trade stigma for shine. VOTE now for Emily’s campaign !

Please VOTE for Emily’s photographs now – competition voting ends midday on Thursday 29th May 2014. The photographs with the most votes win through to the judged round so please share and gets family and friends to VOTE. The judged round wins the opportunity for a National campaign and a documentary to further our cause; Emily is able and successful everyday – trade stigma for shine!

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Search Sharron M for Emily’s two photographs or search Inspiration.

University Shot : an example is shown here, not the competition shot.

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Trade stigma for shine!
“I study at University, volunteer at Taronga Zoo, take buses, trains, airplanes. I embrace social inclusion, I seek relationships, friendships, opportunities and my independence. I enjoy life”, Emily James.



Opera House Shot  – success at the top of the stairs: an example is shown here, not the competition shot.




Trade stigma for shine!
“See a wheelchair and wonder why? See me! My life has to be lived with resilience, strength, courage and grace. I don’t see the steps, I see the challenge, the opportunity to overcome, conquer and succeed”, Emily James.



Vote for both Emily’s images today – now!

Thank you


2 thoughts on “Trade stigma for shine! Emily’s campaign to shine a light on SCI ability and success.

  1. This is probably not the ordinary question that you get asked but, I wanted to ask you what breed of dog is Beastie? We have a dog that looks like Beastie’s twin. His name is Henry and we love him to pieces. We adopted him and we don’t know what breed of dog he is. If you could please let me know that would be greatly appreciated. God Bless


    • Beastie is a Groodle – a retriever/standard poodle. Beastie changes like the seasons, she’s short cut in summer as she adores swimming. Longer haired over winter.
      Hope this helps with Henry’s ancestry!

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