Shhh – fundraiser's a challenge for a chatterbox surfer

JUST SAYING: Professional surfer Rebecca Woods is an ambassador for the 2014 Chatterbox Challenge. “No matter how big or small your time or monetary commitment, it will mean so much to those living with disability.”
JUST SAYING: Professional surfer Rebecca Woods is an ambassador for the 2014 Chatterbox Challenge. “No matter how big or small your time or monetary commitment, it will mean so much to those living with disability.” Elisa Routa

PROFESSIONAL surfer Rebecca Woods, based in Lismore, has thrown her support behind the Chatterbox Challenge, which is a novel fundraiser for those living with disabilities.

The 2004 World Junior Champion and Professional World Tour competitor will go silent for three hours on her sister's birthday on September 18 to raise awareness and donations.

Ms Woods said the challenge, which is held in September, was particularly important to her because her sister has Down Syndrome.

"I am really passionate about supporting charities that assist people with disabilities as I know first-hand the struggles these people and their families face every day," she said. "The Chatterbox Challenge is a fun way we can all get on board and help to make a difference to people with disabilities in our community. Either nominate yourself or someone else to take part.

"I've decided to do three hours, which will be a challenge. No matter how long you can do, it will help to make a difference."

The five charities behind the challenge, Multicap, Endeavour Foundation, Cerebral Palsy League, Life Without Barriers and Centacar, have raised more than $70,000 for those with disabilities over two years.

Multicap chief executive and Chatterbox Challenge spokeswoman Joanne Jessop said the fact one in five Australian's live with disability makes raising awareness especially important.

"Not only will you help raise funds, but you will experience, in some small way what it's like to live with a disability by not having a voice," she said.

"You really can make a difference by taking part during September, or donating at the Chatterbox Challenge website. No matter how big or small your time or monetary commitment, it will mean so much to those living with disability."

Topics:  disability

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