Va­ri­ety adds spice

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

VA­RI­ETY gave a Bal­divis family just un­der $1500 to mod­ify a trike for lit­tle Alice Un­der­wood (5).

HAV­ING more free­dom to move about freely and quickly has been one of the best gifts fiveyear-old Alice Un­der­wood has re­ceived.

Va­ri­ety gave the Bal­divis family just un­der $1500 to mod­ify a trike for her.

Alice has glycine en­cephalopahty, a rare dis­or­der which causes in­tel­le­cu­tal im­paire­ment, dysk­i­netic move­ment dis­or­der, hy­po­to­nia, hy­per­mo­bil­ity, swal­low­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and seizures.

It means she strug­gles with bal­ance and trips and falls reg­u­larly. It af­fects her abil­ity to walk as well, and of­ten causes fa­tigue and stress.

Hav­ing the trike means Alice gets to stay ac­tive and can en­joy do­ing things with her family in­clud­ing her favourite – bike rid­ing.

The ex­er­cise is im­por­tant for her health as it im­proves lower limb and core strength and gives a good car­dio work­out.

She lives with her par­ent and younger brother.

Due to her dis­abil­ity she is of­ten pushed in a stroller or driven to the des­ti­na­tion to meet the rest of her family.

One of Alice's goals is to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion in family ac­tiv­i­ties.

This mod­i­fied trike al­lows her to ex­pe­ri­ence this and give her par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­de­pen­dence that she is not able to achieve in her wheel chair.

It also al­lows her to play with her younger brother Ge­orge as other chil­dren can.

The Va­ri­ety Home Lot­tery raf­fle closes mid­night on Au­gust 30. To buy a ticket visit­ri­ety­lot­ or call 1300 30 38 30.

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