Mum exercising for ‘fitness sake’
In just eight days a Rutherglen woman has covered more than 350km by cycling, swimming and walking to raise funds for The House with No Steps who support children living with a broad range of disabilities and developmental delays.
Lisa Turner is the mother of two children Sam, 10, and Kate, 7, who both live with autism and knows how hard it can be sometimes.
While Mrs Turner does not seek assistance from The House with No Steps herself, she thought it would be nice to help others in the same boat who do access their services such as early intervention programs.
It is for this reason that she signed up to the event – For Fitness Sake, a virtual event that challenges participants to run, walk, swim or cycle 50km or 100km in just 10 days.
Not only did Mrs Turner complete the challenge but she managed more than 350km of cycling, swimming and walking and completed it in just eight days.
The House with No Steps is an organisation offering disability services such as early intervention services and NDIS support to people across NSW, Qld, Victoria, Tasmania, and the ACT.
“We haven’t used the services that The House with No Steps provide, but I am touched by what they do and I feel it is very important,” she said.
Mrs Turner described being pragmatic when she learned of her son’s autism diagnosis.
“Within 24 hours or less I was just like, ok well what are we going to do about it,” she said.
“I knew we needed to look at it from a different perspective and once I started the ball rolling with seeing paediatricians, all of his quirky behaviours started to make sense.
“There were times when he was younger he would get hold of a container of talcum powder, shampoo and/or sunscreen and would redecorate the house, it would be everywhere, it wasn’t a little mess, it was like a snowstorm.
“I would reprimand him but it didn’t work because he would do it again and again.
“Then as soon as I started talking to people within the autism community these behaviours started to make sense, it was all sensory.
“I have photos of where he is covered from head to toe and his whole bedroom was white.”
Following a bout of depression last year, Mrs Turner decided it was up to her to turn things around and started back at the gym last September.
“I knew I had to pull myself out of this abyss not only for myself but for my kids,” Mrs Turner said.
“I saw a doctor and started attending counselling and as I started to feel better mentally, the next natural step was to focus on my health and fitness and it has done wonders for my self-esteem and even my kids want to be involved which is wonderful.
“Everyone has been so supportive of my challenge, especially the amazing team at Dare to Train in Rutherglen, who along with my family, motivated me to keep going every day and were there to cheer me on during my last few kilometres of the challenge.”
To date Mrs Turner has raised more than $2600 and is still taking donations.
To donate visit https://forfitnesssake.com. au/login/event
Rutherglen mum Lisa Turner credits exercise for her mental wellbeing and has recently completed more than 350km of cycling, swimming and walking in just eight days to raise funds for The House with No Steps.