How your funds help
Taking on the 100K Your Way challenge and raising funds for Vision Australia, you will enable mobility experts to provide vital support for people who are blind or have low vision to stay active and independant.
Every dollar you raise as part of 100K Your Way will help fund things like orientation and mobility sessions or white cane training. You'll be helping people like Mick to choose their path in life.
The funds you raise help support people like Mick
Mick Schuddinh ran over 100K last April, along with his sighted guide, Kellie, from Fit Your Ability. Twenty-five years ago, Mick was diagnosed with the hereditary eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa, and has lost most of his eyesight. Retiring from his job as a financial advisor, he retrained as a remedial massage therapist and established his own business.
Mick is a competitive master’s swimmer, and an avid runner and paddler. “Exercise keeps one positive and healthy. It’s also a great way to connect with like-minded people”.
The right attitude is something that Mick has worked on after seeing others go down dark paths. “My father didn’t accept his eyesight condition and was not comfortable accepting assistance from other people. This prevented him from embracing opportunities and getting the most out of his life”.
Finding the support to maintain his independence, and to continue enjoying his sport, has been important for Mick. With the help of Vision Australia, he was able to access a tandem bicycle, which enabled his guide to pilot them through numerous competitive triathlon events.
Thanks to a recent offer for support from an experienced open water swimmer, Mick was able to compete in the Pan Pacific Masters open water event, which earned him a silver medal.
For Mick, the best piece of advice for those losing their eyesight is to for them to find ways to continue doing the things they love doing. People are always keen to support those in need, and generally enjoy sharing the experience.
This year, Mick has set himself a goal to improve his personal best times in the pool. His swim squad coach and strength coach are assisting to make this happen.
Can help provide white cane training to allow a child to safely navigate home, school and the community
Can help provide training to learn the latest technology to help a child to read and write
Can help provide physiotherapy sessions to allow a child move with coordination and balance
Can help provide a visual assessment to understand a child's eye condition
About Vision Australia
Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.
We support more than 25,500 people of all ages and life stages, and circumstances. We do this through 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.
You can read more about Vision Australia on the website here.