Caitlin’s ef­forts out of sight

‘POCKET ROCKET’ ACTS ON CON­DI­TION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Michele Nu­gent

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.

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