We would like to thank our valued supporters whose efforts enable us to continue working towards an equitable and inclusive community where people with a spinal cord injury are independently able to access every aspect of life.
Spinal Injuries Australia is greatly appreciative of the support of our patrons. Governor of Queensland Ms Penelope Wensley AC is the organisation’s patron and Judge Bob Pack is patron of the North Queensland Supporters Committee.
We are very proud and grateful to have the Classic Wallabies as our ambassadors, led by Bill Ross OAM, Greg Cornelsen and Tim Horan AM (SEAT ambassador).
Our philanthropic supporters
We are grateful for the support of our philanthropic donors. Our current philanthropic supporters can be found here.
Our sponsors and supporters
A long-time supporter of Spinal Injuries Australia, Metro Ford has been a sponsor of the annual Classic Wallabies Rugby Luncheon since it began in 2006 and regularly donates vehicles to the organisation.
For many years, Morgans has supported Spinal Injuries Australia through its Foundation. In 2012, RBS Morgans was also a major sponsor of the annual Classic Wallabies Rugby Lunch.
Black Label Corporate Events was a major sponsor of our Classic Wallabies Rugby Lunch in 2012 after being an event supporter in 2011.
Since our inaugural Gala Dinner in 2008, Shine Lawyers has been a proud major sponsor. Staff also participate in monthly giving to the organisation and have enjoyed SEAT at WORK presentations.
Medilaw has previously supported Spinal Injuries Australia’s SEAT program and was also a major sponsor of the annual Gala Fundraising Dinner in 2010 and 2011.
In 2011, Australian Financial Advisers were a major sponsor of our annual Gala Fundraising Dinner and also the major sponsor of the popular dinner’s giant raffle.
SureBridge IT has been a supporter of and donor to Spinal Injuries Australia since 2000. The relationship was formed between Surebridge CEO Rick Brown and former Executive Manager, Carol Haffke. This relationship continues to grow and Surebridge IT are now the main sponsors of our Members Equipment Fund which is used to fund equipment purchases that have a direct impact and benefit to our members.
Dreamweavers has created amazing theming and provided high-quality audio visual to our Gala Dinner and Classic Wallabies Rugby Luncheons since 2008.
Followmont Transport provides incredible in-kind support to Spinal Injuries Australia by providing our organisation with a free courier service throughout Queensland.
Tony Ireland Townsville generously donates a vehicle to Spinal Injuries Australia’s Townsville office on a regular basis, which is vital to help us support our members and clients.
BrightSky Australia has generously donated materials worth $3,000 for Spinal Injuries Australia’s Wound Care Fund, to assist clients who need support and have exhausted all other funding options.
Slater & Gordon Lawyers are the official state sponsors of the organisation’s flagship event, Take My Seat, which is held in Townsville, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Influential community and business leaders spend a morning using a wheelchair to raise funds and learn about the challenges of having a physical disability.
In-kind contributors play an important part in the day-to day-activities of Spinal Injuries Australia, such as our long-time valued supporter, Tony Prestridge (VRC Printing Pty Limited).
Spinal Education Awareness Team (SEAT) program sponsors
BHP Billiton Cannington is the major sponsor of the SEAT program. Together with the support of our other sponsors, BHP Billiton Cannington’s outstanding generosity has ensured that we can provide our program free of charge to schools around Queensland.
BHP Billiton Cannington’s General Manager Bob Fulker said: “Zero Harm is our number one priority at Cannington, so we’re delighted to support the Spinal Education Awareness Team reach out to the next generation on key safety issues.
“The program reinforces safety awareness messages we try to live by in our workplace. Being mindful of the situation you are in and not taking unnecessary risks is key to working, living and playing safely.
“The SEAT team are experts at getting that vital message across to our youth of today.
“Cannington has a long running relationship with Spinal Injuries Australia (formerly the Spinal Injuries Association). Seeing how much impact the SEAT program is having across the state reinforces the value of our relationship.”
The Department of Transport and Main Roads shares our passion and enthusiasm for safety on our roads. Since supporting the program, the presenters now include safety messages about driving near roadworks and roadworkers. Sometimes RoadTek staff also address students about road safety.
Disability Services is a long-time supporter of the SEAT program recognising that as much as our program is inspired by preventing spinal cord injuries, it is also about raising important awareness about, and respect for, people with a disability.
The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) is another long-time and valued sponsor of the SEAT program. In the past, the Commission has also donated funds especially to produce Community Service Announcements dedicated to injury prevention.