Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is an organisation with particular relevance to the racing industry, with jockeys, track riders and ground staff vulnerable to incurring devastating spinal injuries.
Tye Angland is one such racing identity who has recently suffered a permanent, life changing spinal injury after a fall in Hong Kong.
He is currently receiving rehabilitation and ongoing peer support through SCIA.
Angland has welcomed news of the partnership between the NSW Racehorse Owners’ Association and SCIA to raise funds for its ongoing work.
“Spinal Cord Injuries Australia has played a big part in my life since returning to Sydney,” he commented
“The SCIA Peer Support Team members have suffered spinal cord injury themselves and they are providing great practical experience during my ongoing rehabilitation.
“It’s helping me with every aspect of the huge mental and physical adjustment involved.
“I’m really pleased that the NSW Racehorse Owners’ Association has invited SCIA to be their charity of choice for the 2019 Racing’s Night of Champions.”
SCIA was established over 50 years ago. It provides a range of services to help people lead more independent lives, including Peer Support, Information, Accommodation, Advocacy, NDIS Support, Social Enterprise, Employment and Exercise Rehabilitation.
SCIA has over 2000 members. One third of its staff live with disability and two thirds of the SCIA Board also have lived-experience of spinal cord injury.The 2019 Night of Champions will be held in the Royal Randwick Ballroom on Thursday 15 August.