Derry mother Claire Gillespie is hotfooting it in order to raise awareness of Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club.
Claire took to the streets of Armagh on April 15 and completed a sponsored 10k walk and she will also walk part of the route of next week’s Belfast Marathon to raise funds for Whizz-Kidz.
The charity Whizz-Kidz has assisted in the lives of nearly 13,000 disabled children since it was founded in 1990 and last year it opened its first branch in Derry.
The Ambassadors meet on a montly basis and Claire’s 18 year-old son Reece has been attending for a year.
Claire wanted to raise money for the charity in order to say thanks for the great work it does with disabled children.
“It is a really good cause,” she said, “the club meet up every six weeks and children who have the same disibilities, all interact, they make their own minds up when it comes to deciding on activities and pursuits. The Club allows Reece the chance to meet with others who have the same disibilty and therefore the same challenges as him.”
Foyleview pupil, Reece suffers with cerebral palsy and his mother believes he has benefitted greatly from joining the Ambassadors Club. “I think the centre helps him identify with other children in a similar position to his own, it is harder for disabled children to do things but they are not incapable of doing things. Reece may be disabled but he is still able. When people see a wheelchair they tend to think the person in it can do nothing. While they may be disabled, their brain works, they have needs and aspirations just like everyone else.”
The Glencaw Park mother explained why she has been fundraising for the lub: “It does help the disabled children but money runs out very fast so I want to raise awareness of the club as the children get so much from it. I hope I can raise a few pounds for them also.”
Kelly Shaw, Whizz-Kidz’ regional fundraiser said it is great that the parents of our Ambassadors are keen to get involved and help raise much needed funds for Whizz-Kidz in Northern Ireland.
“We really appreciate Claire and Phyllis taking part! The clubs are all about kids being kids and they love getting involved with sports, arts and crafts and generally having fun and meeting new friends. Our Derry club is very involved with campaigning and rights for disabled young people in the city, they are very inspirational young people. We are always looking for new Ambassadors to join our clubs so if anyone in the area would like to get involved please get in touch.”
For more information on Whizz-Kidz please contact Kelly Shaw on 02890 867692.