Wild­flow­ers and well­ness

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page -

Rosa Brook will host a com­mu­nity well­ness day next Sun­day with a wild­flower walk through the area and a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties. Dave Quinn will be front and cen­tre of the Septem­ber 23 expo, with his decade-long re­cov­ery from a se­ri­ous car crash a tes­ta­ment to the power of com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing ther­a­pies.

Rosa Brook will come alive next Sun­day with a wild­flower walk through the area as well as well­ness day ac­tiv­i­ties.

From mid­day on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23, res­i­dents in out­ly­ing ham­lets are in­vited to gather at Dar­nell’s Gen­eral Store for ac­tiv­i­ties as well as the walk, to be led by Wild­flow­ers of South West Aus­tralia au­thor and Friends of the Capeto-Cape Track in­au­gu­ral president Jane Scott.

Rosa Brook-based artist Re­becca Cool will paint a mu­ral at the com­mu­nity hall, na­ture play fa­cil­i­ta­tor Rae Peth­ica will lead pro­grams for chil­dren, and prac­ti­tion­ers of restora­tive ther­apy will also be on hand, in­clud­ing yoga for trauma re­cov­ery, a Sui­cide Preven­tion Mar­garet River bar­be­cue, and a St Vin­cent de Paul char­ity stall.

Treat­ments avail­able on the day in­clude Bowen ther­apy, reiki, Hawai­ian Huna mas­sage, ki­ne­si­ol­ogy, es­sen­tial oils and re­me­dial mes­sage.

Dar­nell’s Dave Quinn is the un­in­tended face of the minifes­ti­val af­ter us­ing com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies to help his re­cov­ery from a se­ri­ous car crash in Capel a decade ago.

He rolled his four-wheel drive into a tree in 2008 and was res­cued by a pass­ing 16-year-old who called emer­gency ser­vices when she noted the ve­hi­cle’s sun vi­sor was em­bed­ded in Mr Quinn’s chest.

He was later flown to Perth by the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor ser­vice and spent three months in a coma.

Re­cov­ery has been slow and painful, with bleed­ing on the brain trig­ger­ing shaken adult syn­drome, which means he has had to re­learn how to eat, talk, and walk, and he has worn a leg brace ever since.

Mr Quinn said Rosa Brook resi- dents and his lo­cal doc­tors had guided his re­cov­ery and he wanted to say thanks.

He said phys­i­cal ther­apy had been a con­stant in his life since the ac­ci­dent, and some of the sup­port ser­vices on dis­play next week­end had helped him enor­mously.

Dar­nell’s will have a sale on the same day and there will also be a range of other ac­tiv­i­ties, stalls, a pet­ting zoo, face paint­ing, or­ganic pro­duce, and even a dog agility course be­tween 1pm-2pm.

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

Dave Quinn's re­cov­ery from a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent will fea­ture as part of a well­ness day in Rosa Brook next week­end. Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

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