Raising awareness

Race2Recovery team prove nothing is impossible during awareness week

Stoke on Trent College is raising awareness of disability and equality issues all this week with a series of special events.

Starting today (Monday 22nd) students at both the Burslem and Cauldon Campuses have a chance to get advice on a range of disability issues through information stands by local charities including the Donna Louise Trust and Stroke Association, witness displays in everything from Bollywood Dancing (Wednesday 24th) to wheelchair basketball (Wednesday 24th), and sample different foods from Mexico to Italy and India.

A highlight of the week was a talk given on Monday by Anthony Harris, from the Race2Recovery team (www.race2recovery.com), a group of ex-soldiers whose mission is to help wounded servicemen and women. He was part of the team who completed the formidable Dakar Rally in South America in January this year, and their extraordinary journey is set to be the subject of a documentary being aired on ITV at 9pm on Wednesday (24) and Friday (26).

Captain Harris, a former officer with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was medically discharged from the Army after a blast in Afghanistan left him with a leg amputated below the knee, said:

“A saying we have on the team is that the mark of a man isn’t how he falls but how he responds to that fall. If that’s all the students can remember from my talk to them then I’d be happy. Life is full of twists and turns and you can’t focus on just the bad things. You have to dust yourself off and keep trying, as it’s your mentality which matters rather than your physical strength.”

Bernie Divall, one of the organisers of the special week at Stoke on Trent College, said:

“Equality & Diversity week is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of disability and equality issues among our students, and to address any questions and concerns they may have. We are looking forward to listening to the advice all the organisations taking part have to offer, and celebrating the fact that everyone is unique and are all an integral part of our college community which is an invaluable lesson for all students to learn.”

For a full schedule of events taking place during Equality & Diversity week or for other media queries contact Kerryanne Clancy (kerryanne@plinkfizz.co.uk) on 01782 284616

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