Australia: Norton Rose graduates in Perth run to raise awareness about acquired brain injury
Last Updated: 13 October 2012

Graduates in the Perth office of international legal practice Norton Rose Australia will next week embark on The Great Lizard Run, a 70km relay event from Mandurah to Perth to raise awareness about acquired brain injury and raise money for the Brightwater Care Group's Oats St facility.

The event, on Friday 5 October, is the first of its kind and was created by the Norton Rose Australia graduates, after a personal experience with acquired brain injury.

Mark Boyne, a graduate at the centre of the initiative, said it was after his brother sustained a serious head injury during a game of hockey that he realised how serious brain injuries can be.

"My brother spent three days in an induced coma and we were told he'd have severe brain damage. But he was one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately the vast majority of people who suffer an acquired brain injury are not so lucky and these are the people that we want to help, through the care of Brightwater's Oats St facility."

The Brightwater facility is a purpose built, high care residence for young and middle aged adults who through misfortune or misadventure have acquired a brain injury. Its rehabilitation service includes a community integration phase and focuses on enabling people to re-enter the world and achieve the best outcomes despite the brain injuries they have acquired.

Brightwater Care Group also focuses on raising awareness about brain injuries and the prevalence of brain injuries amongst young people in the community.

Jenni Hill, partner and head of the Perth office at Norton Rose Australia, said "Each year we ask our graduates to identify a cause in the community they'd like to contribute to. This year they've not only chosen a cause but they've pushed the bar in the way they will seek to raise awareness and funds for it."

Brightwater CEO, Dr Penny Flett, said "We're so happy to have the support of Norton Rose and its graduates in Perth. Brain injuries are more prevalent than people realise, particularly among young people. The Great Lizard Run will not only raise vital funds needed to complete the redevelopment of the Brightwater Oats Street Facility, it will also raise awareness in the community for young people living with an acquired brain injury."

The graduates hope to raise $10,000 for the facility in East Victoria Park, Perth. You can donate to The Great Lizard Run and support the efforts of the Norton Rose Australia Perth graduates at http://greatlizardrun.gofundraise.com.au. They include Mark Boyne, Rachel Page, Lilian Ting, Jonathan Wang, Courtney Furner and Joanna Yoon.

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