To find a cure for spinal cord injury.
To connect the dots with spinal cord injury, enabling clinical research that would otherwise go unfunded.
In 1994, Neil Sachse founded an organisation to raise funds for research into the treatment of spinal cord injury. Originally known as the Spinal Research Fund of Australia Incorporated, it was renamed the Neil Sachse Foundation to honour Neil’s steadfast and dogmatic contribution to spinal cord injury research.
An on-field collision in an AFL (formally VFL) match in 1975 was to change the life of Neil Sachse forever. Neil was left a quadriplegic from the accident, but the injury and the way he’s handled it in the decades since have made a positive contribution to the lives of many.
In 1995, Neil established what is now known as the Neil Sachse Foundation, to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
As Chief Executive Officer, Neil has been the driving force behind fundraising that contributed $1.5 million to a ground-breaking research project at Flinders University. This culminated in the opening of the Neil Sachse Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre. Through medical developments, the centre hopes to make a significant difference to the lives of over 10,000 Australians who currently suffer from spinal cord injury. Neil and the foundation are now focused on funding an intervention drug that helps reduce the swelling that follows a spinal cord injury at The University of Adelaide School of Medical Sciences. Neil Sachse’s dedication to making a difference has been recognised by many, but two special milestones are worth noting:
In 2009, in recognition of his tireless work and dedication, Neil was awarded the “Premier’s Award for Outstanding Community Achievement in South Australia” at an Awards Ceremony run by the Australia Day Council of SA at Government House.
Most recently, Neil Sachse has been recognised as a State Finalist in the 2014 Australian of The Year Awards – formal recognition for a lifetime of service and dedication to finding a cure for spinal cord injury research.
The Foundation and its board of directors, led by its founder, aims to find a cure for spinal cord injury – and is committed to funding the critical research steps required on the journey to a cure – in particular, the research that may otherwise go unfunded. The Foundation believes that research is the ultimate key to making lives better for those affected by spinal cord injury, including their caregivers, family, friends and colleagues.
ENABLING RESEARCH VIA CLINICAL TRIALS
- To find a cure for spinal cord injury
- Operate as a Centre of Excellence for Spinal Cord Injury Research and Treatment
- Provide a platform for clinical trials
- Provide a hub for testing and evaluating spinal cord injury research
- Investigate and test worldwide technologies through our associations with similar, like-minded organisations
- Coordinate with our partnership organisations search via clinical trials