Use your head: Wear a helmet

Last updated 11:21 28/06/2013

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OPINION: While the article written by Room 3 of St Teresa's School in Bluff makes many valid points, I am concerned they have missed the point when talking about brain damage and head injuries.

Our brain is our most valuable asset and needs to be treated as such. It is our own inbuilt computer.

We only get one brain and although the doctors and specialists are extremely clever at patching us up after accidents and falls, they cannot completely repair our brain.

You do not have to be travelling fast on a scooter, bicycle, trike or skateboard to receive head injuries as well as physical injuries in a fall.

Many children have bicycles and helmets - what is the difference when riding a scooter? They are both ridden on footpaths, roads and reserves.

Yes, money is tight for families, but what price do you put on your children's lives?

Our children are precious and deserve to be protected.

What quality of life is there and what ongoing expenses are there, as the result of a fall or accident?

There are lifelong side-effects from head injuries, not only for the victim, but their families and ultimately the community.

Head injuries happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

In New Zealand, 90 people a day suffer head injuries.

It is the single greatest cause of disability in people under the age of 40.

Please protect your brain and wear a helmet.

MIRANDA KENNEDY

Field officer

Head Injury Society of Southland

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