Spinal Injuries Ireland Tall Ships Challenge 2019

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November 21, 2018
Spinal Injuries Ireland Tall Ships Challenge 2019

May 2019, Spinal Injuries Ireland is embarking on their inaugural Tall Ships Challenge; their flagship, fully inclusive, fundraising challenge in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland’s services. Led by Corkonian and Ireland’s most decorated Paralympian athlete, John Twomey, Spinal Injuries Ireland are setting sail on an exciting and fully-inclusive expedition.

Spinal Injuries Ireland is putting a call out for people to join their SII Tall Ship crew this May. All participants will have an experience of a lifetime and can feel great in the knowledge that their participation will also enable support and services for the over 1900 people in Ireland who have suffered a spinal cord injury. It’s a chance to become part of a unique crew whom together will prove that anything is possible.

John Twomey will take the helm with the SII crew of 6 people with spinal cord injuries, their 6 assistants, and 18 able-bodied people, sailing from John’s native Cork to Southampton, circling the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Wight over 6 days. The voyage will take place aboard the ‘Lord Nelson’ Tall Ship; a specially designed fully accessible vessel. The facilities on the Lord Nelson make it possible for each crew member to learn and work together equally regardless of ability. There will be no passengers onboard; everyone is a crew member. Each person will have their own role to play on the team with no assumptions made about ability. On this ship everyone is given the respect, space and tools to achieve their personal and team goals. All that’s needed is determination.
Crewing the Tall Ship will mean full participation in a thrilling experience which is certain to impart a new belief in each person’s own abilities. The SII Tall Ships Challenge is an opportunity to say yes to adventure, yes to teamwork and yes to pushing yourself further than even you can imagine.
Further Details:
Each crew member will need to fundraise €3000 in the run up to the event.
Assistants costs will however be covered. (Each wheelchair user may bring a personal assistant free of charge)

All funds will go to services provided by Spinal Injuries Ireland.
Fundraisers will receive a fundraiser’s info pack and will be supported with advice and tips on how to fundraise.

The sailing will take place from May 22nd to May 27th, 2019

As part of the crew a doctor will be present and on call along with trained sailing instructors.
Sponsorship opportunities are available to companies who wish to support individual crew members or the team as a whole.
Closing date for participation is April 1st, 2019
About the Organisations
Spinal Injuries Ireland:
Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only dedicated support service for people living with spinal cord injury and their families. SII provides a network of care from onset of injury to inclusion in the local community through a range of person-centred services. From early days’ advice and information for families, peer support, counselling and vocational advice to a community connect team of 6 officers who provide active support in the home following rehabilitation as well as regional meet ups. Spinal Injuries Ireland are there with each person on the post-injury journey when, where and for as long as they need support. Spinal Injuries Ireland relies on donations for 61% of funding.

John Twomey:
John Twomey is highly respected and decorated as one of Ireland’s finest athletes. Having competed in Sailing and Athletics at 11 Paralympic games since 1976, John is the perfect man to lead the new SII Tall Ships Challenge. He has also competed in table-tennis and discus to great success. Now retired from competition, John is still an avid sailing and sports lover. He believes ‘Sailing is a fabulous sport for anyone with a disability because you get out there on the water and it’s just you and the elements and there is a great sense of freedom to it’.
John has been a client of Spinal Injuries Ireland since 1993 its foundation and has gone on to join the Board of Directors and is also a board member for the Irish Sailing Association (ISA). He has championed fundraising for SII services in Cork with events such as the annual Cork Jazz Ball amongst many other impactful initiatives. He invites people of all abilities to join him on this Voyage, experience the freedom of sailing and enable Spinal Injuries Ireland to keep supporting and empowering those with a spinal cord injury to further their own potential.

Emer Hanley, Fundraising and Communications Officer
01 6532180