The country township of Warwick is located on the banks of the Condamine River in southeast Queensland. Founded in 1850, Warwick has fostered a strong agricultural industry. With a population of approximately 14,000 it can be surprising to learn that the district of Warwick is home to PBF Australia’s largest number of Corporate Members (seven).
Wendy Ardrey is a resident of Warwick and an example of how one person can make a difference. Her middle son, Peter, incurred a life-altering spinal cord injury as a result of a fall. This situation put enormous financial strain on her family, but Wendy’s thoughts extended to the wider community. She wanted to prevent similar injuries from occurring and to educate others.
Picking up a membership brochure at the PA Spinal Unit, Wendy contacted PBF Australia in 2002 and Tony South (Corporate Partnership Manager) presented to a group of Warwick business people. This presentation resulted in raising awareness of spinal cord injury and increasing membership to PBF Australia. The desired outcome being that if others suffered the same injury they would have the funds needed to support them.
John Brown, the previous CEO of Warwick Credit Union, was present at Tony’s presentation and joined PBF Australia to cover all of his employees and their family members. Unfortunately in 2004 the husband of John’s personal assistant was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him a paraplegic. Being PBF Australia Corporate Members, he received a lump sum payment that significantly helped their family financially.
In 2015 The Capricornian Credit Union came on board as Corporate Members of PBF Australia. John Brown had taken on the role of CEO and through his personal experiences had seen first-hand the true value of PBF membership for his employees and their family members. John wanted to continue this benefit with another organisation.
It is the personal stories that make what PBF Australia does so worthwhile. The event of permanent paralysis is always unexpected and frequently preventable. PBF Australia was established to create greater awareness of these risks, with the aim of reducing the impact and incidence of spinal cord injury in Australia. It is people like John Brown and Wendy Ardrey who help us help you to move forward after a spinal cord injury.
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