Mum ex­er­cis­ing for ‘fit­ness sake’

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

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.

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