Stu­dents take wheel­chair chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Workplace -

HALE stu­dents have spent a week in wheel­chairs to raise aware­ness and funds for char­ity.

Twenty-six Year 9 stu­dents took part in the Wheel­chair Chal­lenge to raise money for the Wheel­chair Sports As­so­ci­a­tion WA.

The stu­dents learned how to shower, get to class and play sport with­out us­ing their legs while con­fined to the chairs.

Hale School as­sis­tant head of board­ing and co­or­di­na­tor of the chal­lenge Chris Guard said it was eye open­ing and char­ac­ter build­ing for the stu­dents.

“They get an un­der­stand­ing of just how dif­fi­cult it is to spend your days in a wheel­chair and how much they take for granted,” he said. “They are tak­ing a lot away from the ex­pe­ri­ence.” The Wheel­chair Chal­lenge started in 2014, with Hale School be­ing awarded top fundraiser in 2015 rais­ing $13,411.

Stu­dent John­son Daub­ney said he had new-found ad­mi­ra­tion for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.

He said he hoped this year the boys could raise more money. More than $12,000 has al­ready been raised. “It has been a good ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause we have seen what a per­son in a wheel­chair would have to ex­pe­ri­ence daily,” he said. “It has opened my eyes to other life strug­gles.” He said it was also a good team build­ing ex­er­cise for stu­dents.

“There has been a lot of unity as a lot of guys have been help­ing push us from one class to the other and have been re­ally sup­port­ive,” he said.

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