Caitlin’s efforts out of sight
‘POCKET ROCKET’ ACTS ON CONDITION
DESCRIBED as a pocket rocket by her family, Caitlin Attwater is ready to Run for a Reason on Sunday.
The Manning Primary School student is helping dispel the myth that retinitis pigmentosa is an older person’s disease and has co-opted the support of her peers to get the message out there.
According to Retina Australia WA, Caitlin’s condition – a form of retina degeneration – is one of the leading causes of childhood blindness worldwide.
With her team the Visionaries, Caitlin will complete the 12km route in a challenge that has already raised more than $1500 towards her $2000 goal for Retinitis Australia WA.
But that’s not all: as part of her Primary Extension and Challenge group, students have undertaken a project called ‘Make a Difference’, with Caitlin choosing to raise awareness and funds for research into the condition.
She is co-ordinating a dress in green gold-coin donation day at her school in June, posters, pamphlets and a speech to educate students and staff about her vision loss.