Challenge is an Opportunity - October 2017 Newsletter
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Drew Graham mouth painting at his easel

Artist materials for Drew's Pop-up Gym Challenge

Aspiring triathlete and athletics coach, Drew Graham, tragically broke his neck in an accident in 2014. Despite leaving him paralysed below the chest and without the use of his hands, Drew hasn't let these challenges define or stop him. Three years on and he is setting up a Pop-up Gym charity to help other people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). It has adapted facilities, rehabilitation and therapies in a friendly environment. As such a worthy project and a highly motivated individual, the CiaO Foundation was only too happy to recognise Drew with a #PrimroseAward, helping to supply artist materials for him and his new enterprising challenge. 

“Getting this Primrose Award will enable Drew to help others in a similar position to himself and share the enjoyment of painting for pleasure. To be able to help others is the benefit to Drew.  His motto as a coach and since the accident is ‘ Never Give Up, Never Surrender’ - I think that says it all.” 

Yvonne Bell, Friend and Trustee of Pop-up Gym

Drew mouth painting
Find Out More About Drew's Story

Thank you to Pop-up Gym for use of their images

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful!

Recipient Update: Nathan's New Chair and Challenges

Nathan in his hew Bromakin racing wheelchairWe like to keep in good contact with our Primrose Award recipients and find out how their award is helping and the new challenges they are taking on.  Previous winner, Nathan Blackie, has received his new Bromakin racing wheelchair and is successfully using it in training at the Southampton Solent University High Performance Academy (@SolentSportHPA).

As well as his athletic training & competing, Nathan has also started a new year of studying at the university too (@solentofficial), furthering his academic career.

On receiving his new racing wheelchair Nathan tweeted:
"Great job @Bromakin Thanks to @CiaOFoundation and @TeamSportsAid for making this possible. Can't wait for training @SolentSportHPA"

Social Media - Stop Press - Who would you nominate?

Applications for the next round of Primrose Awards are now open for nomination! If you know someone facing a challenge and who could use some help finding their opportunity, let us know!  You can contact us through our various Social Media Platforms for more information. We are on Twitter & Facebook  so do get in touch.

We are also keen to raise awareness about #Challenges and #Opportunities so are very happy to share your stories, messages & endeavours, so if you have a #SummerChallenge , a #Challenge4Charity do let us know. Nügmais, the Charity Manager & the Team look forward to hearing from you. Find us by using the buttons below.
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