NEW technology purchased with a Variety grant enables eight-year-old Isabella Cormack-Gibbons – who has cerebral palsy – to place second or third among her able-bodied peers at Booragoon Primary School during athletics carnivals.
The device straps onto her calf muscle to stimulate the muscles to encourage a more natural walking gait, which also helps improve balance.
Isabella is now a face of Variety’s Home Lottery as one of its ambassadors.
She told her classmates she dreams of being an actress after taking a full-page advertisement of herself into class news.
Isabella’s mother Penelope said the grant was close to $6000 and as a family with four children it was something they could not have afforded without Variety’s help.
Within 18 months of using the device, Isabella was able to complete a 6km charity walk.
Isabella is also a keen runner, taking part in a program run by physiotherapists at the Ability Centre in Canning Vale for part of the school year.
Variety is the Children’s Charity of WA and supported 15,000 children in 2016.
It is offering 35,000 tickets to its Home Lottery, which includes cars, overseas holidays, jewellery, electrical goods and Scorchers memberships, plus the ultimate prize of $1 million to spend with Plunkett Homes or choose the $800,000 cash prize instead.
Ticket purchases made before June 19 also go into the draw to win one of three Early Bird and Bonus prizes, as well as the main prize pool.
Tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased at www.varietylottery.com.au or 1300 30 38 30.
Sales close midnight Wednesday, August 30, unless sold out prior.