Liz looks to future
OWN TROUBLES LEAD TO BID TO HELP OTHERS
WHEN Liz Wilk suddenly fell ill five years ago, she initially made light of her situation.
“Smudges appeared in my vision and I began bumping into things but I dismissed it as clumsiness and just being tired,” she said.
“Then I was diagnosed with a condition called autoimmune retinopathy – my own body was attacking and killing the cells in my eyes.
“I feared waking up blind every day.”
Once an active and independent individual, Mrs Wilk soon felt like a burden on her loved ones.
“I often resented having to be ‘looked after’ at night and in dim lighting,” she said.
“I spent the past few years attending only a handful of social gatherings during the day and I spent most of my time hiding out at home.”
It took a long time, but with the unwavering support of her husband Lucas and their family, Mrs Wilk gained a different perspective.
Although she does not have one herself, Mrs Wilk is now aiming to raise $35,000 to sponsor a guide dog puppy for someone else with failing vision. Liz and Lucas Wilk with Luna from Guide Dogs WA.
The money will go to Guide Dogs WA in Victoria Park.
“A person’s mental wellbeing is so important and it can often be impacted by isolation or the loss of freedom and independence,” Mrs Wilk said.
“I believe that if I could raise money for just one guide dog, the life of one person in need would change for the better.”
Mrs Wilk and her husband have held a movie fundraiser and a sausage sizzle and their major event Come Dine With Me will be held on November 17 at the Wembley Golf Course.
The night will feature blindfolded dancing, a jazz trio and an auction with visionimpaired four-time Paralympic swimmer Jeremy McClure also in attendance.
Donations can be made at guidedogswa.everydayhero. com/au/fund-a-guide-dog.