Family shows team spirit

From left: Kaitlin King, Brittany de Mello, John King, Neeva Stephen and Josh Stephen. Picture: Emma Reeves d411153
From left: Kaitlin King, Brittany de Mello, John King, Neeva Stephen and Josh Stephen. Picture: Emma Reeves d411153

Clarkson resident John King, his daughter Kaitlyn (16) and her friend Brittany de Mello (16) will participate in Variety WA’s annual Santa Fun Run on December 1.

Mr King said he was supporting Variety in return for the support it had given his partner Neeva Stephen and her sons Josh and Jake (both 16).

Ms Stephen said Josh, who has several disabilities including cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, had received three touch-screen computers and a wheelchair over the years thanks to Variety.

‘It just means that Josh has the most opportunities possible,’ she said.

‘(The computer) has improved his speech, his recognition of numbers and words.

‘His cognitive ability has absolutely soared in the past six years and the wheelchair has helped with his mobility.’

Ms Stephen said Josh’s twin Jake had also received a grant for a laptop and it was great to get the support from her partner, who hoped to raise $2000 for Variety.

To donate, visit sfrwa2013.everydayhero.com/au/team-john.