The White Knight Foundation is pleased to announce and share our recent work through donations, purchase of equipment, charity events and assisting those during their road to recovery.
SUCCESS STORY THROUGH A DIFFERENT FORM
Grant recipient from our recent Grant program
Ebo Whaleboat was injured in an unprovoked attack which left him with severe injuries. His road to recovery has included his love of art. TWKF is pleased to be able to assist Ebo on his rehabilitation journey by providing art classes in which Ebo is excelling.
"Once we have decided 'what to paint' it requires time to map out the thoughts. An artists job is to offer a visual story, just as an Author offers a story they must first map the thought patterns.Ebo particularly enjoyed the mapping stage. With this, he was able to enjoy the painting experience thereafter. Ebo said that he loved today and he can’t wait to immerse himself in each moment here after. Ebo is also excited and honoured that he will be able to present a work to the foundation. Ebo has chosen Aboriginal token flowers and a sea scape that is an original photo from his friend"
"As it turns out I saw Ebo today as he had a specialist review with our rehabilitation physician and he was expressing how ‘shocked’ he was that he could paint using these techniques and learn about European art" - Justine Clarke, Clinical Psychologist, Hunter Brain Injury Centre.
THE YOUTH OFF THE STREET PROGRAM
The program has been running successfully, with the initial launch in August, at which over 170 young people attended an event aimed at raising awareness of the issues around Family and Domestic Violence through guest speakers, and facilitated workshops for young people. The event was made available to students attending Youth Off The Streets’ schools in the Sydney metropolitan region , as well as our Inner West Youth Homeless Services in the Inner West, and Koch Centre for Youth and Learning in South West Sydney.
An additional element of the program is the Equine Therapy model, in which young people look more closely at their own behaviour and how it is perceived, as well as learning to trust and care for something other than themselves, building the ability to have patience, and approach issues in a calm manner. This session complements the Domestic & Family Violence workshop, which focuses more on the identification of others’ behaviour. To date, 50 young people have participated in the Equine Therapy program.
Through the delivery of these group session, Program Manager Kylie Sharp has identified a number of young people requiring additional one-on-one support in a mentoring capacity, and to date has provided 30 young people with one or more mentoring sessions.
ASSISTANCE WITH THERAPY
The White Knight Foundation has recently facilitated funding for a grant recipient to attend a course to help retrain the brain to assist in regaining movement in parts of the body affected by a brain injury. The therapy is called constraint induced movement therapy and it work to stimulate their poorly affected side by limiting use of their dominant side. Whilst its hard work, the results have been positive and we wish them all the best in the hopes to achieve their goals.
HELP OF A DIFFERENT KIND
Sometimes its not always the obvious that victims require assistance with. We are glad to help out a successful grant applicant with business mentoring after their injury left them unable to confidently run their business. Providing a mentor to the applicant has helped them build confidence in people and assisting with their goals to get back on the right path for their future.
TRAVEL EXPENSES TO HELP FAMILY
The Foundation is proud to assist a family with travel expenses after their son was affected by youth crime. A daily struggle for those who live afar from rehabilitation centres, we hope covering some costs to get there will make the long journeys a little easier. Another applicant benefiting from our grants program offered 3 times per year. See more success stories on our website.
GETTING BACK ON THE BIKE
We are thrilled to donate funds towards a special bike for one of a Grant Applicants during the year. This bike allows Rob to enjoy the outdoors, regain his love of bike riding and assist with ongoing rehabilitation after a senseless attack on him whilst travelling in the United States.
A MOVING DONATION
When it comes to rehabilitation, movement is just as important as strength and repetition. A donation from the White Knight Foundation of a new $10,000 exercise machine to Liverpool Hospital has meant physiotherapists and Allied Health staff can assist patients on their road to recovery.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit Director Dr Adeline Hodgkinson said the donated MOTOmed viva 2 machine will support continued strength and flexibility training to improve patient recovery.
“The addition of this machine will help enhance and strengthen mobility in our patients as well as assist with rebuilding their muscle strength, endurance and coordination.
“Rehabilitation helps our patients with relearning skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged including the coordination of leg movements needed to walk.
“Rehabilitation also teaches survivors new ways of performing tasks to circumvent or compensate for any residual disabilities from their injuries.
“Having the right equipment is vital with assisting our patients’ rehabilitation, maintaining their physical health and to increase strength and active movement. We’d like to thank The White Knight Foundation for their generosity,” she said.
Co-founder of The White Knight Foundation, Shane Knight said he was happy to contribute toward better health outcomes for the local community.
"My brother Liam survived an assault but he continues to endure a long road of rehabilitation from the brain damage he sustained,” Mr Knight said.
“Donating equipment to Liverpool Hospital is a great opportunity for The White Knight Foundation to assist patients who are in a similar situation to my brother and support them to better health,” he said.
SUPPORTING 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.’
DONATION MADE TO ROYAL NORTH SHORE
On the back of the successful grant we received earlier in the year from theSuncorp Group brighter futures program, The White Knight Foundation was able to purchase a $10,000 Motomed viva 2 machine for the Royal North Shore Hospital to assist patients on their road to recovery.
THE WHITE KNIGHT FOUNDATION PURCHASES MOTOMED VIVA2 FOR ROYAL REHAB.
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 - "GETTING ON WITH IT"
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.
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