Margaret Bennie is one of a large contingent of NSW polio campaigners heading to Canberra on Wednesday 31 October 2012. As well as telling her local Member about the late effects of polio, how they affect her, and what services she and her fellow polio survivors need, Margaret will also be presenting Polio Australia’s Petition to this Federal Parliamentarian.
Margaret contracted polio at shortly before she turned 11 years old. The picture on the left shows Margaret with her family not long after she returned home from hospital.
What is a memorable childhood experience?
Fitting into life was so difficult as when I started high school they made not allowances at all for my disability.
How have the late effects of polio impacted on you?
Walking long distances is out for me now and the constant pain of tired muscles is very exhausting.
Why are you going to Canberra?
I am going to Canberra to help so we can make people aware that over the next few years there will be a lot more post-polio people in the community and we do need special help, especially with equipment etc.
Which Member of Parliament are you meeting with?
The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Member for Farrer, New South Wales
Party: Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber: House of Representatives
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