Club Offers First Aid Training for Members

Southern Vets acknowledges that members Pat McCrohan and Greg Berryman were instrumental in saving the life of SAMCA President Robert Freak due to their First Aid training.

Recently, due to the substantial efforts of Jeff Geisler, the Club has received grant money from City of Onkaparinga and the Office for Recreation and Sport – thank you CoO and ORS!  Among other things, this has enabled us to purchase an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator.  Five members have received training in its use.  We are currently negotiating with the McLaren Flat Recreation Ground Committee for other on-site clubs to have access to the AED.

One of the other items we can use the grant money for is First Aid training for members.  Pat O’Kane has researched an accredited southern area training organisation that can provide appropriate and specific First Aid training for us, including use of the defibrillator.  The plan is for the training to be conducted in Morphett Vale (relatively central for members) over 2 week-day evenings a week apart.

The Club is seeking expressions of interest from members for this sponsored First Aid training.  Please advise your Club secretary prior to 1 Nov that you are interested and what evening suits.

**Note that First Aid duty is an alternative to Marshal duty**

Next Race – 9 Nov The Bike Station Milang Invitational

2 Nov 2014     NO RACE     Amy’s Ride

9 Nov 2014     Milang     0930     The Bike Station SDVLCC Invitational GSRs     Course 26

Race Coordinator:  David Milne; Referee: Neil Teasdale; First Aid: Celine Randabel

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SDVLCC thanks The Bike Station for once again sponsoring the Milang GSRs.  The Club specially acknowledges Frank Schoen for liaising with Noel McCarthy at The Bike Station.

Please support our sponsor at 352 Brighton Road, HOVE.

Summer TT Series

Our Summer Evening Time Trial series has commenced.  First rider is away from McLaren Flat at 6pm on one lap (approx 17km) Course 4 .  Post nominations $5.  If you have a TT bike that only sees the light of day occasionally, here’s your chance to give it a run.

SDVLCC 2014 Annual General Meeting 16 November – NOTICE

Southern Districts Veteran and Ladies Cycling Club 2014 Annual General Meeting will be held after Club racing on Sunday 16 November at  McLaren Flat Recreation Ground Trophy Room (clubrooms).

Please advise Club Secretary of any nominations for official positions and Life Members, or any items for the agenda.  Please note that nominations for Life Membership and motions to amend the Constitution require 30 days written notice.

David Milne,  Secretary,  Southern Districts Veteran and Ladies Cycling Club

Club Committee renewal required!  All clubs do better with new members entering their committee each year.  Help make SDVLCC even better.  Feel free to approach any Committee member for information re roles or check the Constitution Section 6.  Nomination forms

Extreme Weather Policy

As a consequence of recent events when a race was eventually cancelled on the day because conditions were unsuitable for safe racing, the Club has extended its existing Hot Weather Policy.  In the future, a race may be cancelled or modified on assessment by the Race Day Committee of any extreme weather conditions (eg severe storm, hail, floods, winds etc, resulting in a Severe Weather Warning issued by the BoM) that may impact on rider safety.

Notification of changes to a race will be posted on the club website by 6pm on the day prior to the race.

Robert Freak severely injured – now in RAH

Visiting. A scheduling system is being trialled in an effort to control visiting. See visiting page. Please help by using the system in the near term.

12 Oct update.  Robert has enjoyed some time outdoors again.  In conversation, he was keen for cycling-related news.  He asked how the first Wednesday night crits panned out and in particular wanted to know about the Teams racing which is due to start 15 Oct.  Anyone who visits him in the next few days can collect info from the VLCC website – he would be delighted.  Unsurprisingly, he indicated he was sick of hospital already!

Robert is celebrating the removal of his ‘collar’ – another small step.  Currently, the Medical Team are concentrating on extending the time he spends on the smaller ventilator.  Once this is possible full time, he will be more mobile and able to spend more time in the Spinal Unit and with rehab.  He now has some movement in a thumb and one finger, and tells that he now has ‘sensations’ in his legs down to his knees – something new.  He is still receiving most of his nourishment intravenously but he is eating at much protein as he can by mouth.

2 Oct update.  On 30 Sep a team at RAH assessed Robert.  He reacted to pin prick sensation that earlier assessments had not shown.  They were also pleased with the strength of his shoulder shrug.  In some ways he is better than they originally believed.  His injury is regarded as incomplete, which means that there is the possibility of some movement returning; how much and when is the question.  Julie and Robert were told that nerves take at least 3 months to start to mend, so at least there is a preliminary timeline.
The team want to focus on getting Robert off the ventilator as soon as they can – maybe 2-3 weeks – as not having to rely on a ventilator opens up many more possibilities for his rehabilitation.  With the focus on independent breathing, they don’t want him tiring by speaking with the valve, so they will give it a break for a couple of weeks and see how things go.

Yesterday, he tasted his first ordinary food for weeks; only a couple of spoonsful but nice to have some tastes and to chew a bit.  He is still getting all the nutrients he needs through a tube in his stomach.
They’ve already started making him breathe a bit harder for an hour and will try to increase that.  He was sitting in the special chair for two full afternoons which is a good thing too.

29 Sep update.  Robert has transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  He is in Room 9 of the Intensive Care section on 4th floor.

26 Sep update.  Staff have tried a method to allow Robert to speak on an in-breath rather than out-breath as is normal.  They also tried a valve on the ventilator that allowed him to speak more normally & he got the hang of it.  He was having conversations for about an hour!  So good for him to ask all those questions he’s been storing up.

Information.  Robert Freak collided with a car at the railway crossing on Shoreham Road South Brighton Thursday morning 28 August during the regular Club ride.  He was unresponsive and Club members and passers-by gave him CPR  till the SA Ambulance took over.  He was taken to Flinders Medical Centre and admitted to Intensive Care in a life-threatened condition.

Our thoughts are with Julie and Robert’s family at a very difficult time.

SDVLCC receives Active Club Program Grant

Once again, due to the substantial work of Jeff Geisler, SDVLCC has received an Office of Recreation and Sport Grant for medical training and equipment, and Club promotion.

We will use the grant money for First Aid Training, top up for the new defibrillator and an up-coming promotional exercise.

Thanks to Jeff Geisler, Leon Bignell MP (local member and Minister for Recreation and Sport) and to the Office of Recreation and Sport.