After participating in 4 full marathons, 6 half marathons and a 32km run, I have decided to register for Berlin Marathon 2019 and do a charity run, representing people with learning disabilities.
I believe that everyone have the possibilities to create for themselves.
Who I am is the possiblity that people with learning disabilities gets the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and contribute to the world.
Who I am is the possibility that anyone can be unlimited.
This will be my first time running a fundraising campaign here on a proper website so do forgive me should there be any inconveniences and mistakes.
Mencap was founded in 1946 by Judy Fryd, a mother of a child with a learning disability. Judy was frustrated by the inadequate support given by the state and the lack of understanding around how to care for someone with a learning disability.
She wrote a letter to Nursery World Magazine inviting other parents of children with a learning disability to contact her.
The responses from other parents came ooding in, and through learning that hers was a common experience Judy founded Mencap.
A Little Bit Of Context
What is a learning disability? A learning disability is caused by a difference in the way a child’s brain develops, either before, during or just after birth. It affects someone for their whole life and means thinking and communicating differently with other people.
Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Mencap and our local groups work with people with a learning disability across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
But There’s A Problem
Over the years there have been many changes to social care provision and legislation concerning people with a learning disability and Mencap has been at the forefront of pushing through these changes.
Such as offering sports and leisure opportunities for people with a learning disability and launching an employment service so that people with a learning disability who want to work are given the best support when finding a job.
Today we are still challenging the perceptions of people with a learning disability through our campaigns and by supporting people with a learning disability in the community, through housing and employment services and other projects such as our Young Ambassadors Scheme.
Here’s What We Are Doing About It
All our services support people to live life as they choose.
Our work includes:
• providing high-quality, exible services in areas such as housing, employment, education and day-to-day support that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose
• providing advice through our helplines and website
• campaigning to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families.
We work with people with a learning disability of all ages.
All our services are tailored to the individual so we can provide support throughout their life, ranging from support for a child at each stage of their development, through adulthood and into old age.
You Can Join Us
- £5 ($9 SGD) Could buy a foam football for the Mencap Children’s Centre, so Olivia and her friends can enjoy a fun game of ‘catch’ with each other (and develop their coordination and confidence too).
- £10 ($18 SGD) Could pay towards a support session for people with a learning disability who have been attacked in their community.
- £15 ($27 SGD) Could pay for a child with a learning disability to attend a specialist workshop to learn sign language, so they can communicate with their families and friends.
- £20 ($36 SGD) Could produce crucial information to help people campaign against cuts to services and other important issues in their area.
- £50 ($89 SGD) Could pay for someone to attend a training session to learn how to use the bus on their own for the first time, so they can be more independent and have the confidence to do more things, such as finding a job.
- £100 ($177 SGD) Could help provide one week of support for a person with a learning disability who needs extra support in their home.
- £150 ($265 SGD) Could fund a seminar for 40 parents, all about how the Mencap Trust Company could help their loved ones manage their money and protect their benefits after they die.
- £200 ($353 SGD) Could pay for a special day out at an activity centre for young people with a learning disability, helping to boost their con dence and learn new skills.
- £300 ($530 SGD) Can help towards recruiting a community development officer who will provide crucial information to parents of children born prematurely and with a learning disability.
- £400 ($706 SGD) Could help pay for a person with a learning disability to complete a 13 week training course to take them from a life of state benefits to self sufficient employment.
- £500 ($882 SGD) Could allow a community adviser to spend a month providing ongoing support to families who seek justice for the avoidable death of their loved one with a learning disability.
- £1000 ($1765 SGD) Could provide a specialist one-to- one carer for two months, helping a young person with a learning disability to get the support that they really need.
P.S: Please let me know when you’re doing a donation for this campaign via PayPal by sending me a message on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/zoeeey.wwong
Very much appreciate that y’all awesome donors provide me your name and email address when you send me a message on FaceBook!
Otherwise, should you not have PayPal and you’re residing in Singapore, do let me know too so that I can arrange another alternatives :)
P.P.S: I’d really appreciate it that you would share this campaign on your social media platforms, as well as forward this campaign page around.
Big big thanks and much love!