Liz looks to fu­ture

OWN TROU­BLES LEAD TO BID TO HELP OTH­ERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Josh Zim­mer­man

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.

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