Students take wheelchair challenge
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.