Sam steps out for some Alpine air
RETIRED clinical psychologist Sam Ginsberg on Sunday stepped out on a 100-kilometre walk from Mount Beauty to Milawa in the hope of raising $15,000 for Asthma Australia.
The 74-year-old Melbourne retiree, who was diagnosed with asthma in his 40s, expects to complete his trek on Thursday.
Dr Ginsberg is among one in nine Australians affected by asthma.
He is passionate about raising awareness of the condition – which kills 400 people a year – and the benefits of exercise as part of managing asthma.
“Getting used to asthma means I don’t worry about it,” he said.
“I just feel my breathing and stay aware of when I may need a boost of medication. “It’s important to be positive. “Some people feel that with asthma there are lots of things you can’t do, but you can – you just need to be flexible and find a way that’s right for you. “The support of family and friends helps, too. “It’s important to get up and into life.” The $15,000 Dr Ginsberg hopes to raise will support people with asthma by providing training for asthma awareness and first aid, community support programs and the 1800 ASTHMA (278 462) Helpline.
To support the walk go to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/walk-to-the-beat-of-your-heart.
For information about asthma go to asthmaaustralia.org.au.
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