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Take My Seat Shopping Challenge Earlville


On Wednesday John Gregg, Chief Executive Officer Northern Queensland Primary Health Network, had the opportunity to take part in Spinal Life Australia’s inaugural Take My Seat Shopping Challenge Cairns, raising funds to build the Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre in Cairns.

Following is an account of his experience.  

"The challenge was a fun way to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by people with spinal cord damage and saw participants from the Far North Queensland community competing against each other to complete their designated grocery lists while using a wheelchair.

"The Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre in Cairns will be built on the corner of Lake and Smith Streets and will be the first of its kind in Queensland and regional Australia, offering short-term accessible accommodation, allied health services, a rehabilitation gym, and community café.

"The centre is being developed in response to feedback from Spinal Life members, and their mission to enable solutions for people with spinal cord damage to live an accessible, equitable, and empowered life. Find out more about the centre at

"Congratulations Spinal Life – this is a huge milestone! My colleagues, the community, and I are looking forward to seeing the centre come to fruition.

"Coles Earlville are also using the event as an opportunity to consider accessibility in the store for shoppers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

"I was joined by other participants including emergency services worker Brina Keating and challenge winner Lieutenant Rebecca MacPherson from HMAS Cairns Navy. I encourage any emergency service workers, service men and women, and veterans to get behind these participants and donate today. Visit and select your favourite participant to make a donation.

If you'd like to make a donation to my profile directly, you can do so at