Odds of injury?

We are more likely to die from heart disease than at the hands of terrorists. Everyday fate can suddenly change our lives inexplicably however in my experience tragedy revealed enormous inner strength and resilience.

Odds of Injury?

We should live our lives fully not in fear of catastrophe but what are the real odds of injury?

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Vote but what for……voting closes Thursday 29th May at midday (Australian time)

Everyone is passionate about something as shown on Wednesday while Emily had her photograph taken for her entry to the Canon Shine competition. There was a political march objecting to University fee reforms. There was heartfelt chanting, banner waving and balloons. The police escorted the protesters on their way, off campus towards Parliament to demonstrate their freedom of speech.

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The University continued with its expressive week as the Student Representative Council (SRC) held democratic elections. The council is the student’s supreme decision-making body. Polling was on May 25th but Wednesday saw the pedestrian boulevard, that runs the length of the city campus, full of excited, exuberant students canvassing for their candidates.

I was interested in the campus activity as it made me reflect on campaigning for causes, freedom of speech, demonstrations and the wide spectrum of opinions and views we all gather as our baggage and carry around with us daily. Obviously I have blogged, messaged and emailed family and friends this week to ask for support in Emily’s bid to raise awareness of ability and success post spinal cord injury (SCI). Our campaign slogan being – trade stigma for shine! The Canon shine competition takes the top 50 photographs and then the judged winner receives a national campaign and documentary on their cause.

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In the Canon Shine Gallery there are many worthy causes and it appears to me that they are all in need of publicity but lets focus on Emily’s message; spinal cord injury affects someone new everyday, it is life changing and life long. Society tries to be inclusive but there is still an enormous stigma towards disability and wheelchairs users.

The hope is to shine a light on spinal cord injury, it affects millions worldwide, 12,000 people in Australia and my eldest daughter. To win a national campaign and to be involved in a documentary which would help initiate attitude change towards a more inclusive society would be meaningful to many.

As I have witnessed this week on campus many causes are worthy but this is our cause so please take time today to vote.

Go to Canon.com.au and join up with your email, after a verification message into your inbox close that Canon page. Re- enter Canon Shine Gallery and as a member now you can sign in and vote. Emily’s images are found by searching the Leaderboard – one shows her at University and one image shows her triumphant upon the steps at Sydney Opera House. Help Emily trade stigma for shine, furthering a positive message post spinal cord injury.

 

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Thank you

 

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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!

To vote  – Join Canon.com.au here

When you get your verification email then go to VOTE here

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.

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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

 

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Shine a light on what matters – trade stigma for shine – VOTE now for Emily !

Emily has entered a competition, with a wonderful photographer, please VOTE for their shots 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!

To vote  – Join Canon.com.au here

When you get your verification email then go to VOTE here

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

University Shot :

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:

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 – Emily and Rachel XX

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