A Message of Encouragement From Our Patron
During the week I received a message from our LSC&PH Patron, Her Excellency the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC. The message of encouragement was sent to all of the organisations of which they are Patrons and can be accessed here. The Governor also provided a message of support to all Victorians through a video which can be viewed and the text of that video message accessed by clicking here.
Paralympics and Sport Accessibility
I am sure that I am not the only member enjoying watching the elite sporting skill and fierce competitive spirit on display at the Tokyo Paralympics that commenced a few days ago. Watching the clever game adaptations and the incredible skill and teamwork of the Australian wheelchair basketball teams, the Gliders and the Rollers, brought to mind the work of our very own Vern Tessier. Back in 1985 when Vern was President of the Power House Basketball Club, he was instrumental in the development of a new adapted competition catering for players who for various reasons were not accessing mainstream basketball competitions. That initial competition went from strength to strength and has evolved into the current Power Assist competition. Vern’s many thousands of hours of volunteer service over so many years of Friday night competitions and associated coaching and coordination resulted in volunteer service awards and the honour of participating in the Queens baton relay for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. It is certainly true that from little things big things grow and it is also true that thousands of players over more than three decades have been the beneficiaries of the dedicated volunteers involved with the competition.
More Good Vaccination News
This week has brought further good news with Victorians aged 16-39 becoming eligible for the Pfizer vaccine along with the existing eligibility for the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Each vaccination good news story is a good news story for the COVID Safe return to our much loved LSC&PH programs. Further information about vaccine eligibility, access and booking can be found at the Victorian Government Coronavirus Website. As the vaccine community health campaign says… let’s all continue to arm ourselves against COVID-19!
In the words of our Patron, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC,
“Please take good care of yourselves and each other. It is at such a difficult time that we need that more than ever.”