Walk in my Wheels

Access. Awareness. Support.

My name is Paul McKenzie, but you can call me Macca.  I'm a regular Aussie bloke, born and bred in Victoria. I broke my neck 20 years ago diving into the Murray River, becoming a quadriplegic - or 'Benny' as like to call those of us with a spinal cord injury.

I'm currently on a trip around Australia, which could well end up keep on going for the rest of my days.

I'm a self-appointed advocate for wheelchair access. I hate being told I can't get in somewhere and I have to sit outside like a dog... I'm hoping that my efforts will mean less people will experience that feeling.

My number one girl - my companion dog Horsey

My number one girl - my companion dog Horsey

I'm big on what the rehabs like to call 'peer support' - I always chat to other blokes or sheilas with spinal cord injury wherever and whenever I can in the hope that I might be able to encourage them or give them some tips from my own experience.

I'm known to be a straight talking, no bullshit kind of guy, that sometimes can get me in trouble.

My right hand man - or rather bitch - is my dog Horsey. She's a Blue Heeler who loves the beach, especially loves chasing seagulls, and has the gentlest nature.  She's never far away, although often we have to leave her in the car while we're staying at a hotel.

Oh and my left hand... girl... is Jess. She's a bit of alright, even though she hails from the 9th state, otherwise known as New Zealand. She's the engine power in this operation and she's an experienced photographer, administrator . Trust me, I'm one lucky bloke to have her by my side.

So head over to the blog, see what we've been up to lately, sign up for the weekly newsletter and I promise I'll try to keep you entertained as we go. It's a serious subject but I'm a big believer in the power of humour and we've gotta keep laughing...  

Sept 2014 Channel 7 Sunrise clip - a great intro to Macca

Getting into the swing of being on holiday - Jess and I at the Daly Waters Pub on our way from Darwin to Queensland.

Getting into the swing of being on holiday - Jess and I at the Daly Waters Pub on our way from Darwin to Queensland.