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Dane Waites is undertaking a run for Nardy House from Pambula to Bateman’s Bay to raise funds for therapy. The run is planned for October 2023.
Nardy House is a charity that provides respite and permanent accommodation to people with profound disabilities. Therapy is part of the residents’ everyday lives and funding for full programs falls short of the “reasonable and necessary” NDIS criteria.
Dane is a well-known personality and an Ambassador for people with disabilities. He is an elite athlete and runner with an impressive record of covering many kilometers throughout Australia for various charities.
It has been Dane’s ambition to raise funds for Nardy House for a long time, but COVID intervened.
Dane, who lives with complex disabilities, explained to Nardy House staff members and carers the difference therapy made and continues to make to his life. “It gives joy and hope and I want to bring this to residents at Nardy House.”
Dane described learning to talk with Speech Therapy guidance through singing.
Dane’s presentation was effective and staff at Nardy House are preparing for a staged stop at the house during the run.
Denise Redmond, CEO at Nardy House, reflected the Staff members enthusiasm for the run, “We are at the early stages of preparation and publicity for Dane’s work for us. We are delighted that Dane wants to assist the residents at the house.”
“He has an obvious rapport with all people. His enthusiasm and delight in what he does is infectious. The residents responded to him and to his support staff in a very positive way”.
‘Therapy has always been a basic tenet for Nardy House. Our first campaigns related to obtaining regular therapy services for people with disabilities in the Bega Valley so Dane’s run for therapy takes us to our origins.”
Dane has the ability and insight through his own life experiences to value what therapy gives to an individual’s life, and would like to take this opportunity to invite expressions of interest from potential community sponsors who would like to support this event and help ensure its success.
Dane Waites addressing a Nardy House staff meeting and discussing the route to be taken
Dane Waites in front of the construction therapy site pool in the background