Known to Australia and indeed the world as “Macca”, Ian McNamara joined the ABC over thirty years ago. Today Ian presents the National Sunday Breakfast program Australia All Over. As the presenter of Australia All Over, Macca has the opportunity to talk to people from many walks of life. With an affable, easy manner and an understanding of the issues faced by those living with a disability, Macca has been a wonderful ambassador for Ability First Australia, of which Polio Australia is a member. Macca did a wonderful job to officiate at the National Launch of Walk with Me in 2011, and continues to champion for Ability First Australia whenever possible.
On Sunday 10 December 2012, Lyn Glover (Convener of the Gold Coast Post-Polio Support Network and one of Polio Australia’s social media champions) spoke to Macca about Polio Australia’s “We’re Still Here!” Campaign and the need for all polio survivors now living in Australia (whether they contracted polio in this country or not) to sign up to the Australian Polio Register. You can listen to Lyn’s interview below by courtesy of the ABC.
As you will have heard during their chat, Macca gave Lyn a very good hearing and promoted the address of our website several times during the segment – thanks Macca! This publicity resulted in a large spike of hits on our website on the day (see below) and many new registrations on the Australian Polio Register. Macca has invited us to give him an update early in the New Year and we will certainly be taking him up on that kind offer.