Pos­i­tives from neg­a­tives

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Tanya MacNaughton

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Janet Craig is a self-con­fessed fit­ness fa­natic, but it was not un­til she saw how ex­er­cise helped a friend re­cover from surgery that she was in­spired to com­bine her two loves for char­ity.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Janet Craig is a self­con­fessed fit­ness fa­natic, but it was not un­til she saw how ex­er­cise helped a close friend re­cover from surgery on a be­nign brain tu­mour that she was in­spired to com­bine her two loves for char­ity.

The fundrais­ing cam­paign ‘Do it for your­self and help some­one else’ has seen Craig do­nate photography por­trait ses­sions at her 400sq m ware­house stu­dio to 30 cam­paign sup­port­ers, each with a pas­sion for fit­ness, since March.

Each per­son shares their story with Craig, which is then up­loaded along with their favourite photo from the por­trait ses­sion to the Ev­ery­day Hero web­site to raise funds for Life­line WA.

“Go­ing through that per­son­ally with my friend made me think about all the other peo­ple out there who must have some amaz­ing fit­ness journey sto­ries as to how fit­ness has brought them back from the brink,” Craig said.

“The sto­ries we’ve had come through have been fan­tas­tic; from peo­ple los­ing 50kg to peo­ple who have lost chil­dren and oth­ers who have thrown out their anti-de­pres­sants and used fit­ness in­stead of drugs.”

Craig said she made Life­line WA the cho­sen char­ity be­cause of the way fit­ness could en­rich both the mind and body.

“It res­onates with it and they’re do­ing such great work for those liv­ing in WA,” she said.

“We have al­ready raised over $6000 for this project and our aim is to raise over $100,000 for Life­line WA to as­sist the 24hour helpline. We’re in there boots and all.”

Craig said she would con­tinue pho­tograph­ing peo­ple into 2017 and those in­ter­ested could reg­is­ter at www.por­trait­physique.com.au/new-page-1.

“We send out an on­line ques­tion­naire to gather all the in­for­ma­tion first up,” she said.

“This week we’ve pho­tographed a woman who has lost two chil­dren to a ge­netic ill­ness, a two-year-old and seven-yearold, and has one re­main­ing child.

“She has used fit­ness to over­come de­pres­sion; she was the most amaz­ingly in­spir­ing per­son af­ter what she’s been through.

“An­other lady came in who is a full-time carer to her hus­band who has mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease. Run­ning is her only ex­er­cise be­cause she can’t leave the fam­ily home for too long and her story was heart­break­ing.”

Read more sto­ries and do­nate at www.ev­ery­day­hero.com.au/event/do-it­for-your­self/top_ten.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456127

Janet Craig at her photography stu­dio.

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