Page 2307 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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Hartley for raising more than $20,000 from this challenge, and I look forward to seeing more Canberrans and perhaps even more members in this chamber at the challenge next year.

Project Edge is a research and clinical trial that is looking into new methods of spinal cord repair, having just recently achieved a world first in reawakening the spinal cord, restoring feeling and functionality through neurostimulation for 30 paralysed people. Spinal Cure Australia recently made a donation of $1 million for this project, and a big component of that donation came from this spine tingling ride and the Canberra community. Livable Housing Australia works to increase the quantity and quality of accessible homes.

I congratulate Andrew on this tremendous feat in completing this ride, and I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in the after-ride celebration and fundraiser dinner. This dinner was aimed at bringing the family and community together to celebrate Andrew’s achievement and to further raise funds for these worthy organisations. Andrew’s touching, funny and motivating story was an inspiration to the more than 350 Canberrans who attended to celebrate his great achievement. I congratulate Andrew and the Kerec family on their enormous achievement of raising more than $110,000 from the ride.

I applaud the dedication of Hartley Lifecare and Spinal Cure Australia for their ongoing commitment to our community. I am again awed at the heart of the hundreds of Canberrans for their support of this great initiative. I salute you because you are one of the things that make Canberra great.

HerCanberra—women’s achievements

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (5.06): I rise today to speak about some of the incredibly talented and promising young women who are shaping Canberra’s future. HerCanberra recently published the future generation series highlighting the outstanding work of 17 Canberra women in 2017. I was incredibly humbled to be included in this list, along with my colleague across the chamber Elizabeth Lee. But I would also like to share some of the stories of the other women featured by HerCanberra, women who are making Canberra an amazing and vibrant city.

Indeed, there are so many women making their mark in our city. I imagine that it was a challenging job to limit the list to just 17. I wish I could speak about all the other 15 in full tonight, but I will hold myself back. There are people like Dr Jessa Rogers, who is an Indigenous academic and trailblazer, a name probably familiar to many in this chamber. Overcoming serious disadvantage in her youth, Jessa is now a 32-year-old associate professor of education and a Fulbright scholar, as well as a mum of two.

Jessa graduated from university with first-class honours, completed a PhD and has won a string of awards for her work. Jessa is passionate about education and the creative arts as tools to empower individuals and to help diverse communities to prosper. She will continue carving a path in academia. Her next stop is the department

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