Ride of discovery

Jim Cairns will appear at a screening of The Ride at Shire of Mundaring this month.
Jim Cairns will appear at a screening of The Ride at Shire of Mundaring this month.

The film charts an epic 5000km journey by quadriplegic Jim Cairns and paraplegics Craig Parsons, Anton Zappelli and Terry Mader on quad bikes to the crash sites where the men’s lives were changed.

Film star and executive producer Jim Cairns, who is also a Gidgegannup resident, will hold a question and answer session after the film.

Mr Cairns said he hoped the 48 screenings across WA would encourage people to manage risks on the road and be more accepting of people with disabilities.

‘If we stop one person getting into a car with a drunk person it’s worth it,’ Mr Cairns said.

‘I like to think of the documentary as a story about participation, passion and adventure that has a positive influence on risk-takers with a strong Count Me In inclusion message.’

Mr Cairns is the Ambassador for the Disability Services Commissions Count Me In strategy.

‘We need to educate people ” one in five people in Australia have a disability,’ he said.

‘A lot of kids won’t make eye contact with me because I’m in a wheelchair. I feel sorry for them that I make them that uncomfortable.’

Mr Cairns said he wanted to leave a legacy for his children that people in wheelchairs can go out and do amazing things.

‘Inclusion can’t happen by itself but as able and disabled people get to know and understand each other, the exclusion that comes from a sense of difference will fall away.’

Shire of Mundaring president Helen Dullard said the movie served as a reminder about the importance of road safety for the community.

‘This film will captivate people of all ages because it is an inspirational story about overcoming adversity to achieve your goals,’ she said.