AUTTuesday 02 October 2012, 4:22PM
Media release from AUT
Eight keen employees swapped their legs for wheelchairs at Merck
Sharp and Dohme's Auckland office this Monday for Wheels at Work
Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) is an international pharmaceutical
company providing medicines and vaccines. It is the first Auckland
business to take part in this campaign in support of the New
Zealand Spinal Trust.
Wheels at Work Week is being held from the 1st to the 5th of
October and involves local business employees using wheelchairs for
a day in the office. This is being done to highlight the difficulty
of returning to work after a spinal cord injury.
Medical Manager of MSD Auckland, Mischa Winnard, said some
challenges faced by MSD staff included making a cup of tea, fitting
a wheelchair under a desk and accessing the toilet.
"Albeit being a council approved disbled toilet, some employees
noted 'she's pretty cramped!"
Despite the challenges, MSD employees found their day in a
wheelchair an enjoyable learning experience.
"Great idea and great challenge. It has certainly got lots of
people talking in our building and given us a much greater
appreciation of the challenges and how we might adapt our workplace
if required" said Winnard.
There is plenty of room for more business to get involved, thanks
to the support from Allied Medical who is supplying the wheelchairs
throughout this campaign.
Financial company Deloitte is next to take part in Wheels at Work,
with 20 eagar employees taking part in the challenge on
About The New Zealand Spinal Trust:
The New Zealand Spinal Trust provides back-to-work services,
support networks and information resources for the 3,500 Kiwis with
spinal cord impairments (from accident or illness), their families,
carers and supporters.
The Trust has its head office at the Allan Bean Centre at Burwood
Hospital, Christchurch, and the Auckland office is actively
involved in develop awareness of the organisation's work in the