Scosa Stampede Fund Raising
John Duthie attended the SCOSA Stampede around the streets of North Adelaide, raising awareness and funds for the Spastic Centres of South Australia. The Dignity Party raised $170 and there is still opportunity to donate.
John spent time talking to people about the Party, and listening to supporters of SCOSA about their involvement with the organisation. Hundreds of people took part in the walk, which was noisy and colourful, and well accepted by the residents of North Adelaide. The event was supported by SA Police as they ensured the marchers were kept safe, and the Minister. John chatted with the new Minister for Disabilities in SA, Katrine Hildyard.
More about SCOSA Stampede
The 2km loop through the streets of North Adelaide is more than a fundraiser. It is a celebration of everybody’s abilities. It is walking, pushing a wheelchair, or using a mobility aid and making lots of noise. Support is required to promote a socially inclusive community for all living with disabilities.
SCOSA started in similar ways to the ‘Dignity for Disability’ party, as parents of children with disabilities took action. The disability, in the case of SCOSA, was cerebral palsy. In 1946, a centre was established within the Adelaide Children’s Hospital. It was very disability unfriendly, as the lifts often broke down. Staff would often carry students up and down stairs.
In 1949, the centre moved to Kermode Street, North Adelaide. In 1950 the organiation was incorporated as ‘the South Australian Spastic Paralysis Welfare Association Inc’. In 1952, a new home was established in Woodville. The home offered additional services including occupational therapy, physiotheraphy and others.
Miss South Australia and Miss Australia
Over $87 million dollars of funding was raised by the Miss South Australia Quest from 1954 to 2000. Then political correctness and feminism dried up the funding. Therese Hicks was the last winner.