Reasons to support Whizz-Kidz (President's Charity)... Letter from Nathan Giles
Please see letter from Nathan Giles on behalf of President Ruth's charity: Whizz-Kidz...
Dear Ruth and all of the Ladies Circle,
It was such a pleasure to meet you all on Saturday 28th September. Thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome to me and my family. It was so good of you to give Kay and me the opportunity to tell you all about Whizz-Kidz.
It was so nice to go from table to table meeting you all and discovering all of the wonderful things you are doing to raise funds for Whizz-Kidz. I understand from Kay that the ‘Out of Africa Ball’ you attended that evening raised a fantastic £2,000 – this will do so much for so many young disabled children who are waiting for essential mobility equipment before Christmas – thank you!
For those of you I didn’t meet on that day here is a bit about Whizz-Kidz and me.
My name is Nathan Giles, I am 17 years old I have cerebral palsy and so does my 10 year old sister Cerys. We all dream of a nice holiday or the idea to have lots of money. Unfortunately for most disabled people, their dreams are a little bit more basic. Their dreams can include being free to play with their friends, going to mainstream school, or doing any normal things any child would do at their age. The children Whizz-Kidz help have dreams and aspirations just like any child and often the only thing that is standing in their way is receiving the right equipment, proper wheelchair training, advice and long term support. With your help Whizz-Kidz can ensure that each disabled child is able to realise their potential and reach their dreams. Since 1990, Whizz-Kidz has changed the lives of over 16,000 disabled children.
I started in a totally inappropriate wheelchair from the NHS when I was seven years old. I applied for a wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz and as soon as I received it, it gave me better mobility and the independence to make my life so much easier. The impact was life-changing and long-lasting.
When I was ten I started attending Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors Club. This club was and is a chance for me and my fellow Ambassadors to achieve team work and real change in our communities. Currently I am the leader of Birmingham Ambassadors Club as it allows me to use my passion for politics.
My wheelchair helps me to access more places easier. I attend Bournville College a few days a week and would like to continue on to University where I’d like to study politics and become an MP.
Martin Luther King once said, “I have a dream”. Well I too have a dream, and my dream is to be an MP.
Pedal for Pounds
Before Kay and I spoke at your conference about Whizz-Kidz, Simon Roberts spoke about a fantastic bike ride opportunity he is planning for Easter 2014. It is called Pedal for Pounds – You may be wondering why you should put yourself through such pain of doing a bike ride in support of Whizz-Kidz, but it need not cause you too much pain – you could cycle the same distance on a static bike at your gym or at home and still raise funds in sponsorship.
I have a home pedal that I use whilst sitting in my wheelchair, this keeps me fit and helps me to cut down on lots of painful physiotherapy. I am going to join your event by challenging you to sign up for Pedal for Pounds – For every one of you who signs up for this event I will pedal for one mile. I will also raise funds in sponsorship from my family and friends.
It is Whizz-Kidz 25th birthday next year – why not raise funds with your own birthday, anniversary celebrations.
Thank you again for everything you are doing to support my favourite charity Whizz-Kidz and I am looking forward to meeting you all again in the future
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy prosperous New Year
Whizz-Kidz Ambassador and Birmingham Team Leader