Vale Stella Young

I was in a strange city, walking up the footpath, trailing along the shop fronts with my cane. My concentration was broken when she said my name as she passed.

It was the only time I ever met Stella in person. I’d been sent to Melbourne for a training workshop, and we’d managed to schedule a dinner with her and a couple of other mutual friends.

We walked back up the road to our dinner, me holding the back of her chair, letting her guide me through the unfamiliar territory.

I’ve not often been out with wheelchair users, so I felt that two wheelchairs, a short statured man and a blind cane user may have generated a stare or two that night. Honestly none of us could have cared less.

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The Rules of Acquisition

Ferengi looking at the rules of Acquisition

So maybe I’m being a big Star Trek nerd right here, but I couldn’t resist using the title.

After eight months of fund-raising we have still only made it a third of the way to our target for a new tandem. But it’s not all bad news. The funds we do have have netted us something after all…

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You can now show your support for Tandem Armidale by purchasing a Tandem Armidale T-Shirt from our Spreadshirt Shop.

Buying a T-Shirt will give us $5.50 of the purchase price, and it will show us off when you wear it. Use the code VAMPIRE14 to get free standard shipping if you spend over $30.

You can follow the link above, or check below for some quick ordering options. We’ve kept options limited, with basic Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s T-Shirts. If you’re keen for something else, let us know, see about adding it.

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Lingering Death

Symian virus image

Symian virus” by Original uploader was Phoebus87 at en.wikipedia – Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

OK, it’s not as bad as that, really. But I have spent the better part of three months being sick. I was recalling, over the weekend, Matt de Neef‘s (of and story last year where he wasn’t doing well for about three months. In his case his cause wasn’t obvious, for me though the cause is clear. I’ve had a flu for almost three months now, and frankly it’s gotten old.

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Thanks Austin College

Austin College Logo

Last week Andrew spoke at the Austin College Sporties Dinner. The response from the college has been great, and we hope to keep this relationship going.

At special dinners such as last week, and other formal dinners, the residents of the college provide donations to charity, in this case Tandem Armidale.

A big thanks to Austin for having Andrew come and speak and for a $500 donation to the cause!

Andrew receiving the Cheque from Austin College Sporties CommitteeAndrew with representatives of Austin College

Speech to the Austin College Sporties Dinner

On the 10th September I made a speech to the annual Sporties Dinner at Austin College, UNE.

As a blind person, when speaking in public, I tend to write myself a speech and then memorize it in segments. This isn’t word for word what I said, but it is what I wrote for myself to say.

Additionally, I’ve provided links to a number of external resources for those interested in further information.

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Tax Deductible Donations

Picture of donation jar

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

As we previously outlined, Tandem Armidale is now part of Exsight Tandems. One thing this give us is the ability to collect tax deductible donations. Tax deductible if you pay income tax in Australia, at least. Obviously we’d love everyone to support us, but there’s lots of worthy organisations out there who can take your tax deductible donation.

Below we’ll let you know how you can make a donation, and some of what we’ve got to say you can apply to those other organisations too, so maybe donating to us isn’t something you can do right now, but maybe it can help you help another organisation.

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