Dead will rise in support of charity

Vanessa Gudgeon and Steve Cheesman are taking part in the Perth Zombie Walk for brain injuries. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d406718
Vanessa Gudgeon and Steve Cheesman are taking part in the Perth Zombie Walk for brain injuries. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d406718

Mr Cheesman organised the event to raise support and money for the Brain Foundation national charity, which helped him and his family comprehend and cope with five-year-old son Noah’s autism and epilepsy.

‘The Foundation also deals with people who have brain injuries through vehicle accidents, and even those with brain cancers, tumours, aneurisms and spinal injuries,’ he said.

‘It does a wonderful job ” it’s out there funding for equipment and researching why people are having tumours.’

Noah, who will take part in the walk with his mum and dad and two-year-old sister Skylah ” has higher-functioning autism, which has him ‘always on the go and always thinking’.

‘He’s definitely a handful but a great little guy ” he’s my little superhero,’ Mr Cheesman said.

‘We have our good days and bad days but ultimately we just have to try to remain as calm as we can and make sure he is OK.

‘He does pretty well through having a good diet, and parents that can sit back and understand why his symptoms are happening.’

About 900 people have already signed up for the walk on October 19.

‘Anyone can join in; we’ve even got a few people bringing their pets along and zombie-ing them up on the day,’ Mr Cheesman said. To register, visit www. perthzombiewalk. com.au.

– There is an 18-plus after-party Apocalypse at Gilkisons Dance Studio in Perth, including live bands, DJs, giveaways, roaming entertainers and competitions. Visit www. moshtix.com.au for tickets; all sales go to the Brain Foundation.