We were delighted to see the Hobie Kayaks that we recently donated to Sargood getting a good workout in the Summer sunshine. The two kayaks are specially adapted to be super stable and add yet another activity to the broad list of opportunities on offer at Sargood.
Our support of the purpose-built Sargood accommodation facility – home to people with spinal cord injuries – has continued with funding of an adaptive pool table and table tennis top for residents at the 17-unit facility which opened last year.
Terri and Rebecca showed off their pool shark skills on our recent visit. The table has proven hugely popular and has led to some late night socialising, We were touched by the story of one guest at Sargood who said it was the first time he had been able to teach his son something that they could do together
The initiative follows an earlier grant by the Cauliflower Club of $50,000 to purchase equipment for Sargood’s gymnasium.
“Sargood’s mission is to promote social integration activity and support for people with a spinal cord injury, allowing guests to enjoy much needed respite with their families,” said Cauliflower Club chairman John Fordham today. “It delivers a health and wellness experience that is unique and on par with any facility of its type in the world.”
Among the driving forces behind Sargood’s establishment and continued development are former 1999 World Cup-winning Australian Wallabies coach Rod Macqueen and his wife Liz.
“The Macqueens have provided exceptional support, leadership and encouragement to Sargood. It’s therefore very appropriate that a rugby based charity like the Cauliflower Club has come on board to support this much-needed facility,” Mr Fordham added.
Jon Geddes, Manly Daily
A GROUP of big-hearted rugby identities has made a $60,000 difference for guests at Sargood, the state of the art Collaroy centre for people who have suffered spinal injuries.
The Cauliflower Club, whose directors include Raeleen Hooper, mother of Wallabies skipper and Manly Marlins backrower Michael Hooper, has presented Sargood with a $10,000 adaptive pool table and table tennis top.
That followed an earlier donation by the Club of $50,000 to buy equipment for Sargood’s gymnasium.
The benefits of this latest acquisition were clearly demonstrated by the moving scene of a man with quadriplegia being able to teach his young daughter to play pool.
Two of the driving forces behind the development of Sargood were World Cup winning rugby coach Rod Macqueen and his wife Liz, who are Collaroy residents.
“It is a place where people with spinal cord injuries can regroup and get back into society,” Macqueen said.
“There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world.”
And a lot of the people who stay at Sargood for up to 10 days have suffered their injuries playing sport.
Macqueen said in the 12 months it has been open Sargood has made a huge difference.
And he said the significance of the pool table at Sargood was that it was a part of normal life.
“They can get around the table and play like anyone else,” Macqueen said. “And sharing those times together and having a lot of fun is really important.”
Cauliflower Club chairman John Fordham described the organisation is a rugby support charity.
“We’re delighted to continue funding new recreational facilities at Sargood as one of our primary goals is to provide sports and recreational equipment for people with sports-related disabilities,” Fordham said.
“This outstanding facility at Collaroy ticks all the boxes.
“Sargood does an excellent job promoting social integration activity and support for people with a spinal cord injury, allowing its guests to enjoy much needed respite with their families.”
Cauliflower Club are delighted to have been a major contributor to the unique gym at Sargood. We have been to visit the facilities many times since we first provided funding, and it never fails to inspire. To read more about the impact we are having - check out the story of our last visit.