THE WHITE KNIGHT FOUNDATION SUPPORTS ONE PUNCH VICTIM ROB SCOTT.
Rob Scott and his father Stephen had their lives changed forever when Rob was holidaying in America in 2014. Rob, whilst walking along a street in Fresno California, was dealt a blow to the head by a coward punch. His injuries so severe, that he required brain surgery and was left in a coma. Rob spent 8 weeks in ICU before he was able to be flown back to Australia still on life support. Rob spent a further 3 months in Royal North Shore Hospital and was then transferred to the specialist brain injury unit at Royal Rehab located at Ryde. There Rob spent a further 22 months learning to talk, eat and eventually walk again.
“Rob was very lucky to be able to have such a remarkable facility and staff to help him on his journey of recovery. Despite becoming blind from his injuries Rob has made substantial progress and far beyond what was expected” said his father, Stephen Scott.
After spending the 22 months in Royal Rehab, Rob has finally come home. He may still suffer from life-long brain injuries but he continues to push himself to improve.
As a result of the attack, Rob has been involved with the White Knight Foundation, attending various events such as the walk against youth violence and the inaugural White Knight Gala dinner to show support in ending senseless acts of violence.
“Many good things can come from such a tragedy as Rob’s and one of the most positive has been to meet Liam Knight, his brother Shane and all the Knight family. Liam and his support team through The White Knight Foundation are taking up the challenge to reduce alcohol and drug induced violence. They are an amazing team along with their supporters and we hope to be able to assist this very much needed campaign in any way we can.”
Most recently, the White Knight Foundation has donated $5000 to Rob, to purchase some rehabilitation equipment for him to continue to recuperate at home, something the organisation knows all too well that every little bit helps. Rob will also use the money for training with iPad Vision Australia.
“ This very generous donation will help Rob to develop skills to help him have a little more control and enjoyment of his daily environment.”
Shane Knight from the White Knight Foundation says that whilst they are proud to support people like Rob, it is something that they want to see less of.
“We are here as an organisation to support victims of crime, and will continue to do that, but we want to see the prevalence of youth violence decline over the years. This can easily be achieved, if we can make some very simple behavioural and cultural changes. Respect each other. Think before you act. Look after your mates. These are simple, but key values that our organisation lives by, and values that we promote throughout our school talks.”
With the festive season in full swing, Mr Knight has a very stern message to the community ‘This festive season, have fun, but do it safely.’
Proud to announce through all the generous donations The White Knight Foundation has been able to purchase a 'Motomed viva2' machine for Royal Rehab valued at $10,000 to assist young victims and patients such as Rob (pictured). This machine assists bilateral movements for upper and lower limbs, which will ultimately assist young victims of crime and others to walk again.
Liam Knight (SPX 2013) returned to the College to speak to Year 8 students about having fun and staying safe, the importance of setting goals, hard work and commitment, a positive attitude, resilience and overcoming adversity, giving back to the community and his plans for the future.