School principal to have An Affair with a Chair

TEN residents of Boonah will see what life would be like in a wheelchair next month.

Principals, business leaders, ministers and a politician will be taking part in An Affair with a Chair, by spending Monday, December 3 in a wheelchair.

The event has been created by the Boonah Shire Disability Support Group (BSDSG), which is celebrating its tenth birthday.

Boonah State High School principal Bronwyn Johnstone will be one of the participants.

"It's about awareness and understanding," she said.

"I think straight away you can see the challenges it presents.

"To get to a lot of the classrooms I'll have to head out to the road from the administration building and come in through another entrance."

Ms Johnstone said she was hoping the day would raise the eyebrows of some of her students.

"It's a novel way of raising the issue, especially with the students at the school," she said.

"I think it will definitely get them thinking about what life could be like."

BSGSG secretary Mavis Brook said people in wheelchairs faced many issues with accessibility every single day.

"This interesting social awareness project is designed to help shine a light on the day-to-day accessibility issues faced by people with limited mobility in the local community," she said.

Scenic Rim councillor Rick Stanfield, who will also be taking part, said there were a lot of things he took for granted.

"I think it'll be a reality check for an able-bodied person like me," he said. "We're going to have to face the reality of what being in a wheelchair is all about."

In the afternoon the 10 participants will be part of a community celebration at the Boonah Hydrotherapy Centre where they will speak about their experiences as a result of spending the day in a wheelchair.

The gala will be a family affair with a line-up of food, fun, musical entertainment, children's activities and displays by the BSDSG and the Boonah Hydrotherapy Centre Team.



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