This October 6th (Dublin) and October 13th (Cork), we are asking people to put their shoulders to the wheel in support of those whose lives have been affected by a spinal cord injury.
Challenge: Spend a day in a wheelchair OR accompany a wheelchair user for the day
Format: Breakfast learning session and meet and greet at 7.30am on the Thursday, followed by one of two options:
- Your typical daily activities but from a wheelchair
- Accompany a service user volunteer on their typical day (option dependent on number of volunteers available)
On Friday evening you are invited to a drinks reception and debrief from 5.30pm, where you will have the opportunity to return your chair and compare notes with us and the others who undertook the challenge. We would really appreciate if you could attend and give your feedback but if you can’t make it, we will arrange to collect the chair and your completed questionnaire from you.
Buy In: €5,000 per person (This can be: fundraised through your contacts, suppliers, colleagues, paid from your company CSR budget, or paid for by yourself personally – whatever suits best).
By taking on this challenge and listening to our service user volunteers, you will get a whole new perspective on how people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are viewed and treated. You will also gain an insight into the resilience people with a SCI require to navigate an inherently ableist world. It is also a perfect opportunity for you to assess the accessibility of your office space and your own perspective on employing someone with such a disability.
We are asking you to take on this challenge with an open mind and to make a positive impact on your company and on the services that it provides, should it be needed. But not only that, by taking part and donating to Spinal Injuries Ireland, you will also be helping provide a one-to-one support service for people with a spinal cord injury and their families from the moment they are admitted to hospital and for as long as it’s needed.
Please help support people around Ireland with a spinal cord injury by taking part in A Day In My Wheels.
Date: 6th and 7th October 2022
Meet and Greet: Breakfast learning session and meet and greet in CHQ, Custom House Quay at 7.30am on Thursday 6th October
Drinks Reception and Debrief: From 5.30pm on Friday 7th October at the Mayson Hotel, North Wall Quay
Date: 13th and 14th October 2022
Meet and Greet: Breakfast learning session and meet and greet in Cork County Council, County Hall at 7.30am on Thursday 13th October
Drinks Reception and Debrief: From 5.30pm on Friday 14th October at the Vertigo, Top Floor, Cork County Council, County Hall