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Jacko & Jono 100 Hole Hike Fundrasier

Supporting Karingal St Laurence Ltd

Karingal St Laurence Ltd

genU Karingal St Laurence

As dawn breaks on Monday 14th January 2019, while most people are still sound asleep, I will be part of a group of keen golfers teeing off at The Sands, Torquay and starting the mammoth challenge of playing 100 holes of golf in one day – without using a cart - for the genU Hundred Hole Hike (HHH).

HHH events are held at courses around the world as a way that golfing enthusiasts can put their passion to good use and raise money for a range of causes through community sponsorship.

The genU Hundred Hole Hike is the only official HHH in Australia and since 2013, we have been hosting this event to raise funds to support the needs of people living with acquired brain injury through the Geelong ABI Clubhouse (GABIC) at the Eastern Hub.

An ABI refers to any type of damage to the brain that is sustained after birth. Many things can cause an ABI such as a blow to the head, a motor vehicle accident, lack of oxygen, stroke, infection or something as simple as a fall. In the blink of an eye, an ABI can dramatically change a person’s life and they could find themselves facing a lifetime of disability with a range of medical, physical, cognitive and sensory issues as well as emotional and psychological impacts.

Currently more than 500,000 Australians have an ABI. Three out of four of these people are under the age of 65 and as many as two out of three sustained their brain injury before turning 25. Furthermore, the number of people with an ABI is continuing to grow as improvements in medical technology increase the survival rate for people following a stroke, assault, accident, fall or illness.

The Geelong ABI Clubhouse offers peer and mutual support for people living with an acquired brain injury and is open to anyone who has an ABI. It offers people a place where they can spend time with others who are having a similar experience providing important peer and social support. The club is shaped by its members, with activities of interest and value to them.