Sam steps out for some Alpine air

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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.

HAPPY: Chil­dren and staff at Mount Beauty’s Lake View Chil­dren’s Cen­tre are proud that a re­cent as­sess­ment re­turned out­stand­ing af­fir­ma­tion of the cen­tre’s ser­vice.

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