Mildura Weekly : Friday July 17 Vol 9 No 36
18 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015 PANTON HILL resident Alice Ver- rall isn’t letting Cerebral Palsy stand in the way of study, travel or fund-raising. The 25-year-old go-getter has already cycled and hiked through much of South Australia and the Northern Territory, and now has her sights set on visiting four of Victoria’s biggest parks – Hattah Kulkyne, Murray Sunset, Wyper- feld and the Big Desert. It fits in nicely with Alice’s LaTrobe University studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biol- ogy, as well as raising much need- ed funds and awareness for As- sistance Dogs Australia, a charity very close to her heart. Alice has her sights set on rais- ing the $27,000 it costs to train an Assistance Dog. So far she is just past the $4000 mark, including $300 raised from her latest adventure. Having difficulty with many of the everyday tasks that most of us take for granted, Alice has had help from her faithful assistance dog ‘Kooper’ for the past four years, allowing her more indepen- dence. Her regional Australia and outback adventures are an impor- tant goal in her life, and Alice is hoping that by challenging herself physically and mentally, she will provide inspiration to others in a similar situation. She also aims to visit schools to share her story. “I want to show people that anyone, especially disabled peo- ple, can do whatever they set their mind to,” Alice said. “I can do a lot,butIcandoalotmorenow that I have Kooper. “Kooper is my whole world,” Alice told the Mildura Weekly on Wednesday. “He’s trained for house activi- ties, so I couldn’t take him on this trip, and I really miss him. “He keeps me company, and helps me out by doing things like picking up the remote control from the floor; when I try to do it I overbalance and end up falling over.” Alice will arrive in Mildura this afternoon, hopes to visit Lake Mungo and the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth, has booked a pad- dlesteamer ride on the Murray, and sometime during the weekend will head off on a camping visit to Hat- tah-Kulkyne, followed by the other national parks. • FOOTNOTE: Assistance Dogs Australia, founded in 1996, is a na- tional charity that trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help peo- ple with disabilities. Dogs are provided free to a range of clients, including families with autism, post-traumatic stress sufferers and wheelchair users. As- sistance Dogs Australia receives no government funding. More infor- mation is available on the web site www.assistancedogs.org.au – ALAN ERSKINE Adventurer Alice in wander-land Aboriginal arts fellowship MEMBER for Murray Adrian Pic- coli is encouraging local Aboriginal artists to apply for the 2015 New South Wales Government Aborigi- nal Arts Fellowship. Mr Piccoli said the $30,000 fel- lowship will support an Aboriginal artist to showcase their work and expand their skills, saying it was a terrific opportunity for an Aborigi- nal artist to undertake professional development. “The fellowship will allow the recipient to undertake a self- directed program of professional development that could include travel, mentorships, residences, workshops, research and creation of new work,” he said. “It is available to Aboriginal art- ists in all art forms, including collec- tions and cultural heritage, commu- nity arts and cultural development, dance, literature, multi-art form, music, theatre and visual arts.” Acting NSW Premier and Minis- ter for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the Government was committed to sup- porting Aboriginal artists who pro- duce works combining traditional stories with art. Applications for the fellowship close on Monday, August 10, with more information and details on how to apply available by visiting www.arts.nsw.gov.au. • A WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND: Alice in the recumbent bike she uses for some of her adventures, with the faithful assistance dog ‘Kooper’ by her side, and INSET, a visit to the seaside.
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