Helping Dom Punch Live With Spinal Cord Injury

Your donation will help Dom push beyond what is expected with his recovery !

Punching Above for Dom

This appeal is to support Dom Punch living with a Spinal Cord Injury. Your donation will help Dom push beyond what is expected with his recovery. A Trust Fund has been set up to support Dom’s ongoing life and medical expenses. To make a contribution visit the donate page. Thank you all for your support xx


Dominic Punch’s life changed forever in September 2015 when he suffered a severe spinal cord injury during the last few minutes of the second grade Newcastle premiership rugby union grand final game for Maitland. The Maitland Blacks hooker became the casualty of a collapsed scrum, sustaining a spinal dislocation/fracture at C5 C6 level, with spinal cord compression.

This catastrophic event has resulted in lifelong quadriplegia. For Dom this means he has  limited use of his shoulders, arms,wrists, hands and fingers. He has no purposeful movement from his chest down, but he has had some increased awareness of sensation in his lower limbs over time.

Dom continues to amaze and inspire with his grace and strength in adapting to his situation. While Dom, his family and friends live in hope that more function will return, he is adjusting to his “new normal” with intensive therapy, learning to use the function that he has so that he can be as independent as possible.

This website has been established by Dom’s family and supporters to raise funds to help with his ongoing medical and life expenses, provide updates on Dom’s journey and progress, and acknowledge Dom’s many business, community and private supporters. Your donation will help Dom push beyond what is expected with his recovery.  Thank you all for your support xx

Dominic grew up in Lorn, Maitland. He is the middle of the 5 Punch children, with a large extended family on both Punch and Maher sides. He enjoyed playing around the back yard and in the streets of Lorn with with his siblings and his friends, regular sport (firstly soccer at Bolwarra then Rugby at Lorn), playing the guitar, going to the beach.

He attended school at St John’s and St […]



The Dominic Punch Necessitous Circumstances Trust Fund  ( ABN36 551 064 970) has been  established to assist with Dom’s ongoing medical and life expenses.

Donations can be made by credit/debit card (MasterCard, VISA or AMEX) by clicking the DONATE tab button above. Retain your receipt for taxation purposes as donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Dom and his family would like to thank everyone for their support.


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