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eConnect Newsletter December 2013
Reconnect with family and friends this holiday season

Well what a huge year 2013 has been! Some of our key successes this year have included: working with Brain Injury Australia and James Cook University to develop the first culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living with an ABI; establishing an internal Research and Development department; and providing training, mentoring and assessment services to the communities of Saibai Island, Badu Island, Weipa and Kowanyama.

For a full overview of the year that was, check out our Annual Report below.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your wonderful support this year. Without you, we would not have been able to achieve the fantastic outcomes we have in 2013.

Synapse wishes you and your family a safe and happy Christmas break. We look forward to working with you in 2014 to reconnect the lives of those with an invisible disability, enabling a life of quality for those touched by Brain Injury.

Project Scruffy - Give the gift of friendship this Christmas

At Synapse we believe that everyone deserves a best mate. And that's why we are trying to raise $15,000 to give Jon-Henri, a young autistic man, a therapy dog.

"For Jon-Henri to now have a dog of his own would open up a world to him which he currently does not have. He could get exercise with the dog, which would be a great thing because he is a healthy young man with a ton of energy looking for a place to be expended and it would enable him to go outside the boundaries of his yard where he currently holds too much fear to go beyond." Jason Seneviratne, Synapse Accommodation Coordinator

You can donate at our Everyday Hero Project Scruffy site or even set up your own fundraising page and ask family and friends to support you. So are you in?

Synapse Annual Report 2013

The Synapse Annual Report celebrates everything the Synapse community, our supporters and partners, have achieved over the past 12 months.

With over 1.6 million Australians affected by Neurocognitive Disorders (including Acquired Brain Injury), this is one of the largest national health epidemics on both a humanitarian and economic scale. The need is overwhelming – this is a national human rights issue. We will not accept the most vulnerable people in our community being ignored.

Synapse will continue to fight for the rights of those with an Invisible Disability.

You can view the document online or download via the link below.

Melbourne Cup Raceday a Real Winner!

With over 15,000 racegoers coming through the gates on Melbourne Cup Race Day at Doomben, Synapse managed to connect with, and make an invaluable impression on a huge audience.

It is with great pleasure that we announce our fundraising total from the Melbourne Cup Race Day at Doomben...over $4500!!!

This money goes into our Accommodation department to continue doing what we do best... supporting clients and their families.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered on the day. Read More to check out the photos and see all the glitz and glamour of the day.

Hola! Bridge is now online in Spanish

We are very lucky to have the multi lingual Julian volunteering in our West End Office translating our Bridge magazines into Spanish.

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and it is fantastic for us to be able to push key messages and awareness even further via these Spanish versions of our popular magazine.

We have a range of other Spanish publications in development, and look forward to Julian returning in 2014 to help us spread the education and awareness of Brain Injury even further.

Featured publication

Bridge Magazine - Social Violence (2013)

What happens when one punch doesn't kill? Thousands of families each year are affected by permanent Brain Injury from social violence...

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Motorbike Helmets and Brain Injury Prevention

While recommending particular brands of helmets is beyond the scope of this article, it hopefully provides pointers in maximising your safety when it's time to buy a new skid lid. If you ride, be sure to share this article with your mates.    Choosing the best motorbike helmet can substantially reduce your chances of acquiring a brain injury in a crash.   Wearing motorbike helmets can reduce the chances of death by 42% and the chances of a traumatic...

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