In Victoria, approximately 90 people a year sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury. The highest proportion of these injuries is sustained by males between the ages of 15 and 35 years of age.
Spinal cord injury is a catastrophic event for people physically, psychologically and socially. Those affected will often find themselves being defined by what they can no longer do. Questions arise - am I employable, how will I ever work again, will people want to know me, will I ever be in a relationship again, how can I possibly do the things I used to love to do…?
The support of a skilled peer supporter can be one of the most powerful interventions at this time of great upheaval. Through information sharing and education, peer support reduces the sense of being alone with a problem and leads to improved self-esteem and community participation. By exposing people to the possibilities in life after a spinal cord injury, clients get a glimpse of what the future can hold for them and this provides a great source of motivation.
AQA is committed to its Vision: “To improve the quality of life of people affected by physical disability through active promotion of their capacity, their value and their right to participate in all aspects of community life”. With community support, AQA can continue to make a difference in the lives of people who sustain spinal cord injury and for the family that support them.
Your support is vital to maintain and grow AQA’s Information & Peer Support service.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. 100% of monies raised by donation are used to assist provide services to people with physical disability, specialising in spinal cord injury.
You can support this valuable work by making a donation:
Online at www.spire.org.au/support-us/donate.
By Phone - please ring AQA on 03 9489 0777 and have your credit card details available. (Mastercard, Visa, Bankcard, American Express).
By Mail - download a Donation Form (94 KB, PDF format) to fill in and send by mail with your cheque or credit card details to:
A.Q.A. Victoria Ltd
P.O. Box 219
Fairfield, VICTORIA 3078
Another way to support AQA - ShareGift Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides Australian shareholders with the opportunity to sell their shares and donate the proceeds to charity. Selling and donating through ShareGift Australia means you don't have to engage a stockbroker, there are no brokerage fees and you can nominate A.Q.A. Victoria Ltd to benefit from ShareGift Australia distributions.
All you have to do is complete and sign the share sale donation form available on the ShareGift Australia website and remember to recommend A.Q.A. Victoria Ltd. Find out more about the process by going to www.sharegiftaustralia.org.au
For more information about Spire’s Information/Peer Support program please go to Information and Peer Support on the Spire website.