Feb 022015

Suzi Cathro has kindly submitted some info that she would like to share with us and you. She is a 29 year old support worker at Ross High School. On the 28’th February 2015, she will be walking a marathon and is aiming for some kind support. Walking a marathon may not be perceived as special, but the reasons Suzi is doing so certainly are.

Last year my mum started a social enterprise after many years working with disabled students she realised there was a gap in their education. It can be almost impossible for those with disabilities to access a gap year, go to countries and places that are not considered disabled friendly, she wanted to change this so started Crossing Countries. This social enterprise helps those with a disability access a gap year style trip by pairing them with a travel pal who will help with anything they may need.

Their pilot trip last year was to Durban, South Africa. This destination was chosen as my mum and myself have spent a lot of time there volunteering and holidaying. When Crossing Countries went they visited projects such as Bobbi Bear that help children who have been sexually abused and the mother and baby unit in a township hospital. They also visit township schools and crèches and give talks on disability. There is down time, on the beach and sampling the local township cuisine which personally is my favourite!

The motto of Crossing Countries is “Challenging Boundaries, Changing Lives” and with this in mind when I was invited to be a travel pal in this year’s trip to Durban I knew that in order to raise the funds I should challenge my own boundaries. I have never been one for exercise much preferring to dance on a Saturday night to burn my calories so a walking marathon seemed like a perfect challenge. I will be walking alone as it is not a large organised marathon but have asked friends family and sponsors to come and walk a portion with me, the Portobello to Musselburgh and back portion is doggie friendly and both my pup and her friends will be joining me.

The spirit is to show that, for disabled people, anything is possible! Radio Saltire is proud to promote this cause. For more info, below you’ll be able to click on the web links:

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/5unBa/ab/e4JZi6 – the Funrazr page

https://crossingcountries.wordpress.com/- Crossing Countries page

suzicathro86@gmail.com – Email contact