Pedal power to raise funds for medical bionics research
L to R: Glenis Cook, Bionics Institute, John Nelson, Kay Nelson, Leigh Venables, Rotary Club of Mitchell River, Professor Rob Shepherd, Director, Bionics Institute and John Butler, Rotary Club of Mitchell River.
Seventy year old John Nelson is an inspiration to us all. After riding approximately 20,000 kms on a recumbent bicycle in Australia and New Zealand, John has raised $94,000 for medical bionics research at the Bionics Institute. John commenced his first ride in 2004 along Australia’s east coast roads and just completed his fourth ride earlier this year in Tasmania.
As the father of two profoundly deaf children he is a great supporter of the Institute. And what makes his efforts even more challenging is that he became a double amputee, having lost his legs below the knee due to meningococcal septicaemia eight years ago.
Community support is an important source of funding for our research programs and we congratulate and thank John, the Rotary Club of Mitchell River in Bairnsdale, and his family and friends who have worked tirelessly together to promote and raise funds for the Institute.