Program sets challenge for MD sufferers

From left: Anthony Ambrosini, Janine Hewlett , Emma Pass and Laura Davidow. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409309
From left: Anthony Ambrosini, Janine Hewlett , Emma Pass and Laura Davidow. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409309

The 19-year-old is one of six young people with muscular dystrophy chosen to take part in a program that engages them in life-changing experiences.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award ” funded by Telethon ” gives participants the responsibility of creating challenges that push themselves outside their comfort zones ” such as sailing.

‘We’re paving the way for other people who might have a disability and are interested in doing the award,’ Laura said.

To complete the skill section of the award, the Greenwood resident will learn to sail a modified boat.

‘One of the really important things about this project is that you can do so many things you didn’t think you could,’ she said.

Muscular Dystrophy WA (MDWA) award co-ordinator Emma Pass said regular activities that seemed easy for the average person were daunting for someone who required 24-hour care.

‘It’s the logistic of realising these individuals can do everything able-bodied participants are able to do, they just need to be shown the way,’ Ms Pass said.

‘The confidence and independence they’re hoping to get from it (the award) is massive and what we’ve realised is the more opportunities you give, the more you push, the more they’ll achieve, the more they say ‘OK, I can do this’.’

Anthony Ambrosini, of Ocean Reef, has taken advantage of the physical section of the award to play soccer, rugby and hockey.

He is also working on his own documentary, filming, interviewing and editing most the piece himself.

Meet the six awardees at the muscular dystrophy WA information booth at Telethon this weekend.