Home' The Bunyip : December 24th 2014 Contents Page 18 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, December 24, 2014
PEOPLE who live with a disabil-
ity or work in the disability field
were celebrated for their ability this
month in the City of Playford.
Elizabeth South-based social en-
terprise, Phoenix Society, has two
employees, Cyndi Neuzerling and
Annette Imms, who were award win-
ners at this year's Celebration of Abil-
Annette, who has Prader Willi
Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome
that makes you constantly hungry, was
awarded the Outstanding Achievement
Award for personal development.
The Phoenix Elizabeth worker has
been employed at the site since 2011,
working on precision labelling and gift
packs for the wine services division.
During this time, she has overcome
her own personal battle of losing
around 80 kilograms, with the help of
gastric band surgery.
"I was shocked to receive the award,
I was very proud, happy and over-
whelmed," she said.
"It was a challenging year in many
ways -- I had to stick to a strict diet and
attend boot-camp twice a week for 12
"Now I can do things I have never
been able to do."
Annette's doctor pushed for her to
be the first person with Prader Willi
Syndrome to undergo the surgery.
"Without him pushing me I
wouldn't be alive," she said.
Phoenix Recruitment Officer Cyndi
Neuzerling, was also recognised for
being someone who changes the lives
of people with a disability and was the
recipient of the Outstanding Achieve-
ment Award in the Business/Employ-
According to Cyndi, the award was
a "nice bonus" on top of seeing the
development of people at the Phoenix
"I like seeing the growth of people
and their sense of achievement," she
"Thisis notajobto me,itis my
way of life.
"It was a great initiative from the
City of Playford and I hope we see
more awards congratulating people in
the disability industry."
Phoenix CEO, Paul Stevenson, says
that both award winners are very de-
"Cyndi has made a real difference
within our recruitment and training
division since she has been here and
Annette is a lively and hard-working
member of our Elizabeth team."
FOLLOWING a sudden stroke earlier
this year, which left him immobile,
Clinton Ulstrup's Christmas wish was to
walk to the Christmas table.
Thankfully, the 53-year-old stroke victim
took his first steps last week -- just in time for
However, Mr Ulstrup told The Bunyip that
his rehabilitation, over the past five weeks, has
not been easy and that he could not have done
it without the ongoing support of his family.
It was an ordinary Sunday for Clinton, of
Munno Para West, who had woken up early
to eat his breakfast and read the morning
paper, until his wife found him slumped in
his chair with slurred speech.
"In my case, a vein in the right side of my
neck exploded and then all of the residue
went up to my brain, blocking off the oxygen
supply," he said
"When you have a stroke you don't feel
much pain, your arms just get tired and burn
"I was just lucky that my wife found me."
The right side of his brain, which controls
movement, was damaged, resulting in a total
paralysis of his left side.
"I was devastated," he said.
"It is a very strange feeling to try and
describe because sometimes I wanted my
left arm to move and I would tell it to but
Clinton was forced to re-learn basic
functions, such as swallowing, writing,
standing and walking.
"Everything you take for granted, is gone,"
"It is like a car coming to a roadblock
and it takes a side street to get home -- that
is what my brain has to do now to send
messages to my body."
After only two weeks in Modbury
Hospital's rehabilitation ward, Clinton
started gaining feeling back.
His first breakthrough was when his son
Ben was doing some leg exercises with him
and he was able to push against him and lift
his foot six inches off the ground.
"The doctors were ecstatic," he said.
"It wasn't long after that that I could
stand and do a lot of other things I couldn't
"My recovery has been miraculous."
Clinton is grateful for the assistance he
has had from the medical staff while in
rehabilitation, saying that they have "changed
"You have dark moments and the staff can
sense that and they make time to talk to you
and help you through it," he said.
"Stroke isn't the end of your life, it is the
start of an adjusted one."
While Clinton is yet to regain full mobility,
he is confident his progress will continue and,
eventually, he hopes to volunteer helping
stroke victims in their first week of
Walking in time for Christmas
Phoenix Society workers Annette Imms (left) and Cyndi Neuzerling were
recognised at the City of Playford Celebration of Ability Awards.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
Kelsey and Christine Ulstrup are pleased to have their father and husband walking in time for
PHOTOS: Kimberley Pratt
Clinton Ulstrup is pleased to have regained
some mobility just in time for Christmas.
Award recognises ability Trailer
FOLLOWING the theft of
two trailers from the Habitat
for Humanity Shed, a good
Samaritan was "happy to
help" and has donated his
personal trailer, along with
other useful equipment, to
The donor, who wished to
remain anonymous, said he had
always been interested in the
organisation, so when $10,000
worth of tools and trailers were
stolen from the premises he felt
compelled to help.
"I had a large trailer that I
didn't have a use for any more, so
I thought I would give it to them
to help them along somehow,"
"It's just a little thing really."
Habitat for Humanity execu-
tive director Ben Sarre said the
donation was very generous and
will be put to good use immedi-
"Donated materials, labour
and funds are critically impor-
tant to the work that we do and
we are grateful to receive the sup-
port from the local community,"
Mr Sarre said.
Habitat for Humanity, which
has been forced to leave its cur-
rent site due to the relocation of
Para West Adult Campus, is still
seeking a new location.
I like seeing the
growth of people and their
sense of achievement. This
way of life. It was a great
initiative from the City of
Playford and I hope we see
more awards congratulating
people in the disability
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