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Activ Ambassadors Mia Rodriguez and Nathaniel Elikewela were the stars of the show at this year’s Chevron City to Surf for Activ.

With mother nature looking after us once again, we experienced perfect conditions for Mia and Nathaniel with their incredible families to skip and dance their way along the 4KM course. Walking with them was fellow Ambassador, Damian Martin a familiar face for the past four years on the course from McLean Park in Floreat, crossing the finish line at City Beach Oval.

How Activ Makes a Difference

He may be little, but he’s striving to make a big difference to all the kids who have an intellectual disability in WA. Nathaniel now Four, is a kind and friendly child, diagnosed with Autism two years ago, and now benefitting from one of the services offered by Activ, through the Learning and Discovery Centre (ALDC).

The ALDC is a unique service that connects people living with disability, their families, carers, therapists and educators with resources and support. Each week Nathaniel looks forward to going to the ALDC, where he develops his social and fine motor skills through play-based learning and helping him communicate with others.

Activ, along with with the ALDC, plays a vital role in helping support the Elikewela Family. Mum May, Dad Dharsh and younger sister Elise, all being able to participate in Nathaniel’s development and independence.

“For Nathaniel to have the opportunity to be this year’s Ambassador has helped his confidence grow. He has had interactions with so many different people which has improved his ability to interact in social settings, where he used to be fearful.” Says Dharsh.

Living with Down Syndrome, Mia has helped to erase the stigma surrounding her disability while engaging in the community and raising vital funds for Activ, Western Australia’s largest disability services organisation which has been empowering individuals and families impacted by intellectual or developmental abilities since 1951.

“Mia, as an Activ Ambassador means a lot to our family. We get to show off our gorgeous girl, meet incredible people with all different types of disabilities and connect with other families, just like our’s.” Claudia said.

Helping our participants fun-raise for Activ or their chosen charity is the heartbeat of the Chevron City to Surf for Activ and will remain as the foundation of the event’s community spirit. This year we have seen a record-breaking over $350,000 in donations so far, adding to an incredible total of over $15 Million of much-needed funds for Activ and other WA Charities.

Another inspiration who pounded the pavement in support of Activ is new Chevron City to Surf Ambassador for 2019 Rayne Bryant. As a single parent to three kids, a lifestyle blogger, starting a new business and moving house were just a few of the challenges for Rayne last month as she also had to find those extra precious hours to train hard and compete in the Half Marathon.

There is still time for you to support our Activ Ambassadors.

If you didn’t get a chance to fun-raise or make a donation this year, there is still some time to support these two little stars achieve their fun-raising targets.

                                                                         

For more inspirational stories, read about Legends Bob and Phil who completed their 45th Chevron City to Surf for Activ. 45 Years & Counting