Almost every day someone in Australia sustains a spinal cord injury that instantly changes their life and the lives of those who love them
Over 20,000 people are estimated to be living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in Australia today and 380 new incidences are expected to occur this year.
The impact of an SCI on a person is devastating – affecting independence, and it impairs bodily functions such as breathing, digestion and sexual function. SCIs also cause debilitating health consequences such as chronic pain, and bladder and bowel dysfunction.
The Sargood Foundation is the driving force behind the creation and development of Sargood on Collaroy. Our beautiful resort which is operated by an award winning team from Royal Rehab, provides guests who live with SCI, their partner, friends and family with much-needed respite, refreshment, and relaxation. It is also a place of learning, where guests gain confidence, skills, and the empowerment to live full and rewarding lives and to participate in their local community in an active way.
The Sargood Foundation works to transform lives and create new futures for those who live with the physical and emotional trauma of Spinal Cord Injury. Currently we provide stays at and help with travel to Sargood for those who are in great need of support – over 65’s, those in emergency situations and those without adequate insurance. We also seek to identify to further identify strategic initiatives which will help people deal with the physical and psychological impacts of a life changing injury and to develop ideas that extend the Sargood vision across Australia and reach those in remote and rural locations.
“Nobody else can quite understand what it’s like to have someone you love live with a spinal cord injury, day in and day out. It’s the emotional strain that we partners struggle with, so it’s great to be able to connect with others in the same situation at Sargood, we can learn from each other and share some of the responsibility.” Janet