Spinal injury no obstacle
WHEN Cobie Moore was told she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, she did anything but put her life on hold.
Just one year after she sustained a spinal cord injury when a balcony collapsed, the 23-year-old from Tucabia was back at university.
To aid in her return to study, Cobie was awarded a $5000 scholarship from the SpineCare Foundation that allowed her to live on campus at the University of New South Wales.
"After I was injured I spent a year in rehabilitation, with three months back at home, and I really felt like my life had stopped as I was missing going to uni and my independence," Cobie said.
"I found out about the scholarship through the university, and I was so relieved and excited when I found out I was one of the recipients.
"Because of my injury, I now need to live in college accommodation, which is great as it has fantastic facilities and is accessible for my wheelchair, but it's also much more expensive than the private accommodation I was living in before my accident.
"The scholarship money is so helpful as it really lets me concentrate on my studies instead of worrying about money, and I'm keen to do well so I can hopefully secure a design internship after I've finished next year."
Chair of the SpineCare Foundation Kerry Stubbs said she was delighted to award Cobie the scholarship to help her pursue a combined design art and education degree.
"The aim of the Gregory and Delores Farrell Scholarship is to support tertiary students who are also wheelchair users, as we recognise that students with disabilities face many additional obstacles, particularly financial ones, while studying at university," Ms Stubbs said.
The Gregory and Delores Farrell Scholarships are supported by the family of the late Gregory and Delores Farrell.
Mr Farrell was a founding director of the SpineCare Foundation.