Thanks to all who voted for the charity to support in October 2017.
Imagine A World Free Of Paralysis Caused By Spinal Cord Injury.
We fund research that aims to fix paralysis following spinal cord injury. CatWalk is dedicated to supporting world-class research and innovation. Our goal is simple, to get people out of wheelchairs and back onto their feet.
The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research Trust was founded in 2005 by Catriona Williams MNZM, formerly one of New Zealand’s leading international equestrian riders. Following a riding accident in 2002, she is now C6/C7 tetraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. Initially, a group of friends planned to fundraise for Williams herself – but a bigger picture quickly became clear. A cure for paralysis was Williams’ dream – and so CatWalk was born. We believe in supporting researchers in the very realistic bid for a cure for spinal cord injuries.
Catrionas’ illustrious equestrian career saw her reach the pinnacle of the show jumping and three-day event world. She represented New Zealand on the international stage at Badminton and the Open European Championships with the key target being the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Since that life changing moment in 2002, Catriona has completed the New York City Marathon and climbed to Everest Base Camp on a handcycle, was a finalist in the 2014 KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year, recognised in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list as a Member of the New Zealand order of Merit and most recently was the Community and Not for Profit sector winner at the NZ Women of Influence Awards.
Our key objectives are:
- Support the scientific opinion that a cure for SCI can be found.
- Promote and generate funding for research into a cure for paralysis.
- Identify and assist in medical research and development into techniques designed for the
- regeneration of the effects of spinal cord injuries.
- Monitor the research progress of all scientists funded by the Trust.
- Provide targeted assistance to organisations working on projects that promote the purpose of the Trust.
- Foster cooperation between all disciplines engaged in central nervous system research, regeneration and direct relief.
- Disseminate information about research into SCI.
- Cooperate with international efforts in this field.
Be safe and remember to not only be good but also give 4good!
From the 4Good team.