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"Give it a Go" 2015

Another amazing weekend, where we kayaked, rock climbed and white water rafted. We had a total of 17 attend – see below for a couple of personal accounts.

I would like to thank all the sponsors for funding another amazing GIAG event this year – the support we receive that enables us to extend ourselves and socialise with other young amputees is very much appreciated by us all.  It was great catching up with friends from previous conferences, and was so cool to be able to welcome new amputees or amputees new to GIAG. Everyone became more confident over the course of the weekend, and it was awesome to see newcomers do things that they hadn’t even imagined were possible for them anymore. I loved being able to go kayaking, rock climbing and rafting – activities that we all have to adapt in some way for – and not feel like the odd one out. We were all in it together, and that’s what makes GIAG so special. I fully support this event and appreciate being a part of it – I can’t wait for next year’s GIAG!
—Claudia Teague

To the sponsors, Thank you very much for sponsoring the Amputee organisation in allowing me to attend the Amputee camp. This was my first amputee weekend. I have only had my new leg for about eight months. I had a wonderful time in Wellington. It was awesome to meet other amputees and exchange stories, facts and make new friends. I thoroughly enjoyed kayaking, rock climbing and white water rafting. It was a new experience with my new leg.  My favourite was the white water rafting. It was a new experience. It was really fun going down the rapids and getting tipped out of the rafts by each other. We had beautiful weather when we were rafting and the views going down the river were really pretty. The Amora hotel was really flash. The rooms were wonderful and the beds were really huge and comfortable. I found the weekend to be fantastic time. I absolutely loved meeting new people from both the camp and the conference. It was cool listening to their stories and to learn from them. It was very informative also to listen to the companies who make different legs and to see what’s new and what’s coming up in the future. The guest speaker was marvellous. I really enjoyed listening to him and to see what he has accomplished. Overall it was a terrific weekend, one I will remember for a long time. As a new amputee it was eye opening to see other people and to hear their own stories. I want to thank you so very much for donating and sponsoring so I could attend. I am so grateful for this experience.  It was a wonderful weekend.
—Rosanna Paine


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