Australian bushfire appeals: donations

Gong Life Care Solutions Bushfire Appeal

Australian bushfire appeals: donations

The team members at Gong Life Care Solutions are saddened by the terrible bushfire situation across Australia. We have donated money to assist, and note that charities are asking people who want to help bushfire victims to donate cash instead of food or clothing.

Annie Harvey, from the Australian Red Cross in Sydney, agrees that money is more useful in times of crises, as communities often don’t have the storage space or capacity to manage the large amounts of items that caring people are willing to give.

There are many appeals springing up, some are nationwide, others are aimed at helping in specific localities or specific teams, such as local bushfire volunteer  units.

We have noted that our local university, the University of Wollongong, is going to match dollar for dollar every donation made by staff of the Uni. The UOW's Staff Bushfire Appeal runs from now until Australia Day (January 26), and staff can donate directly to the NSW Rural Fire Service through the payroll system.

To help our customers around Australia we’ve listed a few options here:

You can donate to the Red Cross (national) Appeal. 

Donations to the various state fire-fighting services:

            - NSW Rural Fire Service

            - Victorian Country Fire Authority 

            - South Australia’s Country Fire Service

            - Tasmanian Bushfire Disaster Appeal

The RSPCA is also appealing for online donations to help RSPCA inspectors help animals affected by the bushfires. 

Crutches making the headlines!  

On a lighter note, we have observed that every time somebody famous needs to use crutches, it becomes newsworthy!  Of course, in this situation it usually means that someone has had an injury or surgery, and so will need some temporary mobility support.

Here are just a few examples from around the world:

Australian Survivor's Ross Clarke-Jones forced to quit after severe injury…

Ross hobbled back on set in crutches to bid his team farewell as it was sadly confirmed that he would have to leave Australian Survivor.  

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has been spotted pounding the London pavement with the ultimate accessory: a pair of crutches!

BBC’s Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith was left on crutches after a freak accident during a Wizard of Oz skit.

Daniel Craig on Crutches and Wearing a Boot in Airport after suffering ankle injury on James Bond set.

Crutches are a helpful mobility aid for people who need to use their arms for weight bearing and walking, and not just for balance, ie people who really need crutches to walk.

Gong Life Care Solutions have introduced the revolutionary KMINA platform style adjusting elbow crutches to our range of mobility products (sold exclusively in Australia by Gong Life Care Solutions). They are the first crutches designed specifically to avoid pain. They are the comfortable and pain-free alternative to conventional crutches.

They will allow you to walk further in comfort and safety. See how, on our video. Check out the ease with which people adapt to the KMINA crutches (even if they’re not actors or sports stars!!)  https://gonglcs.com.au/products/kmina-crutches

The video shows people of various ages with various conditions that have required them to use crutches.  The ease of use, comfort and adjustability of the KMINA crutches are very obvious in the video. What’s not so obvious, is that these modern and innovative crutches reduce pain for users.  The KMINA crutches reduce pain in hands, wrists and shoulders, thanks to their revolutionary design. And speaking of design, the KMINA crutches have a host of comfort and safety features, which include: a shock absorbing system, adjustable handle position, adjustable height, flexible and wide crutch tips, and changeable and washable handle grips. In addition, the tilted forearm support properly distributes the weight of the body.

Less tiring, more comfortable and safe

Traditional under-arm crutches can cause the user to expend a large amount of energy, probably due to the greater amount of upper body work involved in using these types of crutches. Consequently, they can be very tiring to use – for even a short amount of time.  However, the overall design of the KMINA crutches lowers the fulcrum or pivot point of the crutches and reduces the amount of energy required to take steps. 

KMINA crutches are made in Spain, and certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). They are easy to use crutches for elderly people.

Reference

  1. https://www.who.com.au/australian-survivor-2019-ross-clarke-jones-wipeout
  2. https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/people/emilia-clarke-wearing-heels-on-crutches--legend/news-story/60b7392b4af37d1d6e46fee978f8d8b9
  3. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9825859/bake-off-prue-leith-crutches-accident-wizard-of-oz-skit/
  4. https://www.etonline.com/daniel-craig-on-crutches-and-wearing-a-boot-in-airport-after-suffering-ankle-injury-on-james-bond

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