From our humble beginnings 6 years ago, Hearts in Union been able to provide 7 new customised electric wheelchairs, substantial funds towards 5 new car/van conversions, and purchased three second hand converted vans. The Charity has also funded numerous home modifications, repairs & assessments, new computers & voice recognition software, bed & chair cushions and other medical equipment needs. These items have helped to greatly improve the day to day lives of many severely injured ex-rugby players who are suffering financial hardship. We now have a database of 35 severely injured ex-players which continues to grow as our exposure increases throughout the country. There is still much work to achieve and many more people who need ongoing support.
Mark was born in Fiji, the eldest of 7 children to parents of Tongan descent. His family immigrated to Sydney where he attended Homebush Boys High School. Mark then completed a diploma of business and later a degree in business management (majoring in accountancy) in 2007. He was also enjoying playing grade rugby for the West Harbour Pirates.
After being permanently sidelined due to acquiring a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia while playing as a tighthead prop in a rugby match for the Clovelly Junior Rugby Union Club while on an end of season tour of New Zealand in the late 1970s, I have tried to remain as independent as possible and participate in society as an active citizen. I contribute by working part-time and participating as a volunteer on a number of community, local and state government committees in the areas of access, assistive technology, home modifications and maintenance, transport, the arts, community and disability support services such as community transport, in-home respite, social support and food services.
“Happiness is in your head,’ - Greg Moran.
Greg Moran broke his neck in a collapsed rugby maul in 1983 but has led a full life since. Source: News Corp Australia
UNABLE to move his body, Greg Moran lay flat on his back, stared at the blank hospital ceiling and decided he would flourish.
The other option was too grim to comprehend for someone born with a glass half-full disposition.
A collapsing maul had rendered this promising rugby union player a quadriplegic at the age of 15.
It was 1983 and if the Riverview student was going to be confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life, here on this hospital bed he promised he was at least going to make it memorable.