In this inspiring address, the inaugural Vincent Fairfax Oration, Cynthia Banham delivers a personal message about the importance of leadership and moral courage, and argues from first-hand experience about the need for greater rights for those with physical disabilities- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
In March 2007, journalist Cynthia Banham was a passenger aboard Garuda flight 200 when it crashed into the airport at Yogjakarta, Indonesia. The disaster left 21 people dead, and Banham with burns to 60% of her body, a broken back and both legs requiring amputation.
However, she has not allowed her new life in a wheelchair to inhibit her life or career. Recently engaged to her long-term partner, she continues to work for the Sydney Morning Herald as diplomacy correspondent.
Cynthia Banham, an Australian journalist who lost both her legs in a plane crash in 2007, describes how becoming disabled has changed her life and explains how being in a wheelchair changes your view of the world.