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  • bloodog
    bloodog
    1 month
    Garry  Gazz father of 5, 2 teenage boys are autistic, Gazz would take one of his boys on our rides and sleep overs, strapped to him on his bike. To see his face when passing, or riding along side bring joy to your heart.
    This is the “Make Garry great again” fundraiser. 
    Take the time to read the story of his prang, the update on his condition and advice on how to help the family. Any help will be gratefully accepted. 
    The B37 are planning a poker run and counter lunch fundraising day ride sometime in the next month. Stay turned for the announcement. 

    https://gf.me/u/y4qcuc
  • Sidney
    Sidney
    1 month
    FYI .. Here's a story in the local paper (subscriber only - so reproduced)
    Apologies if it contravenes any copyright shit.

    Dignity SA founder Garry Connor left with severe head trauma after motorbike crash near Mount Compass - Oct 19
    A beloved disability advocate and father-of-five has suffered potentially life-changing head injuries after a “freak” motorcycle accident south of Adelaide.

    Garry Connor, 58, has been in the Flinders Medical Centre with serious injuries, including major head trauma, since the October 3 dirt bike crash on a relative’s Nangkita farm, near Mt Compass.

    Friend Sam Paior said Mr Connor - a founding member of the Dignity Party SA and primary carer for profoundly autistic sons Reagan, 18 and Declan, 16 - was wearing a full face helmet when he hit a fence post at “slow speed”.

    “It was a freak accident,” the Mitcham resident said. “They had to pull the bike off him, luckily one of his relatives is a nurse and he had to do CPR and bring him back to life.”

    The experienced motorcyclist, from Marion, was flown to the FMC where he underwent surgery.

    Mr Connor’s wife Chrissa said her husband had started to move his arms and legs but that the extent of his brain injury was unknown.

    “He’s my best friend,” she said. “He’s got such a big heart, he’s always there for anyone.

    “Our young sons are not able to speak yet and Declan has been just so unsettled, looking around the house to see where Dad is, he slept with me the first three nights.

    “I’ve just been blown away by the outreach of so many people and groups who know and love Garry.”

    She also praised the staff at the FMC intensive care unit for taking “extraordinary care” of Mr Connor and the family, which also includes Lucie, 35, Todd, 32 and Cat, 25.

    Ms Paior established a GoFund Me page ‘Make Garry Great Again’, which has so far raised $36,000 to cover expenses while Ms Connor takes time off work.

    “Within four hours (of the page) we had $18,000,” Ms Paior said. “It is an absolute reflection of how much he is loved.”

    Ms Paior, who helps families navigate the NDIS, said Reagan and Declan have very high disability-related support needs due to their autism.

    “The NDIS will help to look after the boys’ needs but Chrissa can’t work now and she may not be able to go back to work if we’re really honest, we just don’t know,” she said.

    She has known Mr Connor for 15 years and described him as a “loveable larrikin” who was a big supporter of SA’s disablity community.

    “I just want his personality back, I’m desperate for that back,” she said.

    Mr Connor and Cat ran for the Lower House seats of Gibson and Frome on the Dignity SA ticket in the 2018 State Election. He also ran for the Legislative Council at the 2014 poll.

    Mr Connor formerly worked at the Port Pirie melter but moved his family to Adelaide in 2009 after tests revealed their sons had high levels of the toxic metals in their bodies including lead and mercury.

    A lack of adequate services for their sons also was behind the move.