WHAT IS SIP WEEK?
Accidents, car crashes and sporting injuries happen. In fact, almost every single day in Australia #SIPhappens and someone has their life changed forever by a spinal cord injury and they are paralysed. Many of these individuals are young men under the age of 24.
A damaged or severed spinal cord means the region of the body below the level of injury becomes paralysed. Many people suffering with paralysis are required to drink all beverages out of a straw because they can not feel their arms and hands. This is just one of the many ways life changes for someone with paralysis.
SIP Week challenges everyone to drink all their beverages through a straw, just like those with a spinal cord injury, to help raise funds to find the cure for paralysis.
You don’t have to run a marathon, or even break a sweat, just drink all your beverages through a straw and raise funds to help find a cure for paralysis.
2021 Dates announced soon….
Almost every single day in Australia, someone has their life changed forever by a spinal cord injury. SIP Week encourages everyone to drink all beverages through a straw, just like those with a spinal injury, to help raise funds to find the cure for paralysis.
You have the power to change a life today. You don’t have to run a marathon, or even break a sweat, just drink all your beverages through a straw and fundraise from September 16th to September 22nd 2019!
In 2002 SIP Week was born, Perry had the idea to start SIP Week as he, along with many others with paralysis, drinks all his beverages through straw. As a C2 ventilated quadriplegic with no movement below his neck, Perry relies on carers to assist him with all his day to day tasks. Perry wanted able bodied Australians to get a very small insight into living with paralysis and the while raising vital funds for spinal injury research to help find the cure for paralysis for all.
- Sign up to the challenge at www.sipweek.com this September and sip all of your beverages through a straw from the 16th to 22nd September 2019.
- Ask friends, family and colleagues to support you by making a donation to your fundraising page.
- SIP all your drinks for 7 days
- Help raise funds to find the cure for paralysis
We will be there supporting you and cheering you along the way with all the tools and tips you need to SIP your way through the week!
Meet our 2020 SIP Week Ambassador
Mick is a tough Aussie bloke who loves motocross, is a very hard working business owner and is dedicated to his teenage kids.
Mick’s life changed dramatically at age 44 on the 1st of December in 2017. On a hot summer day, he had a terrible motocross crash and broke his back and became paralysed.
“Getting told that you will never walk again is not something I want to relive.”
What does SIP Week raise funds for?
Your fundraising will help us to conduct an Intensive Rehabilitation Trial, as part of the Spinal Injury Project. This Trial will prepare the body to move again by allowing the nervous system to make new connections and re-learn the necessary fine control needed for proper motor and sensory function.
Meet Meg Wilcox, an Exercise Physiologist at the Making Strides Centre of Recovery. Meg helps people with spinal injuries set goals for their rehabilitation with the intention to improve their quality of life. She understands rehabilitation is the key to helping the spinal nerve to reconnect.