For those of you who have heard of George and Charis Schwarz they have almost finished selling their book. George and Charis are the couple now in their 70's who recently wrote a book about riding around the world 40 years ago from which ALL proceeds will go to a worthy cause related to riding. They still ride everywhere two-up on the same bike they have ridden for 44 years - the bike they took around the world! I had the pleasure of working the MCC stand at the bike show with George and he is a brilliant bloke. Once they have sold all of them(about 20 left out of 1000), they will donate the money but they don't know what to donate it to. So they are looking for ideas and the MCC is trying to help out. The only rules are that it has to be related to helping riders recuperate after accidents and that it has to have something to do with St Vincents hospital in Sydney, mainly because St Vinnies allowed them to sell their book in their lobby since the beginning and it isn't a huge sum of money(I'm guessing maybe $30-40K). So what we are looking for is someone with a knowledge of the medical administration apparatus and/or rehabilitation services available that may have some ideas on how best to help get riders back on their feet. Part of the problem that the MCC is hearing about and is taking an interest in is that many riders, but especially single male riders, who have an accident and lose mobility can suffer severe depression and even become suicidal. Even before that stage, people living on their own with limited family/friends can really struggle to even get the shopping done when laid up at home. This is one area that could be targeted by this money. It won't be a huge sum so it has to be a smart way to spend it which is why we are trying to canvas as many people as possible who work in the industry and see this sort of thing everyday. Hopefully you have seen where there is some real hurt and where St Vinnies(note the money won't be going to the hospital, just used there) may be able to help out riders following an accident. All ideas will be gratefully received. Some of the ideas raised at the meeting by those present included a short duration home help scheme for the first few weeks at home to help out with basics like doing the shopping, bringing in the mail etc. Mainly because apparently there are schemes for longer-term help but if you are going to be right in a month or so, there isn't anything and life can become hell for a while. Other ideas included psychological support services tailored to riders post-accident, especially if you are permanently disabled. Open for discussion or PM me any ideas you have and I will pass them onto the MCC.