Volunteer BBQ at Altona Beach!
On Saturday February 17 Spire hosted a BBQ lunch for their valued peer-support and skilled volunteers. Meeting at the Altona Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Mother Nature turned on a perfect day!
With the sun shining there was the opportunity to make use of the accessible beach matting or to check out the great views from the pier. The beach matting extends from the pavement up to the water’s edge, providing easy access for people in wheelchairs. Additionally, there are also two types of beach wheelchairs available for use - the Sandcruiser (designed to travel on the sand along the beach, available at Altona), and the MobiChair (designed to enter the water to waist height of the support person). Over a BBQ lunch, there was great conversation, stories shared and lots of laughs. It was great to see old friends catch up, others meet for the first time, and new staff from AQA meet some of our valued volunteers.
Spire could not achieve all that it does without the generous support of its peer-support volunteers who offer invaluable advice, guidance and lived-experience tips and tricks to others navigating life with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Nor could Spire reach further into the SCI community without it’s skilled volunteers helping us share stories through video and written content, getting involved in events and activities, and researching and contributing to the organisations projects.
This is the second year in a row that we have been able to host the volunteer BBQ at the Altona Surf Life Saving Club – and they have since added a fully accessible changing facility including hoist and adult change table! Again, Spire wants to thank all of their volunteers for the time, passion and dedication that they give to the SCI community – THANK YOU!