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Walk for Hamish

Saturday, 24th May, 2014

Last year’s NF Walk to raise awareness. PICTURE: Supplied Last year’s NF Walk to raise awareness. PICTURE: Supplied

Broken Hill residents are invited to join the Lawrence family at Nine Mile Station for an awareness walk, garage sale and sausage sizzle on the June long weekend.

May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month and the Lawrence family is holding a fundraiser for their nephew and cousin, 10-year-old Hamish Neville.

Hamish has Neurofibromatosis 1, and his symptoms include learning difficulties, nodules on the optic nerve, progressive lower limb weakness, osteoporosis and tumours growing throughout his spine and body.

He has to travel to Sydney every three months for MRI scans, tests and monitoring.

The theme for the Awareness Month is “Step Up and Step Out”.

Mia’s husband Greg and sons Zak (5) and Joseph (2) will also be helping to raise funds and awareness for Hamish.

Hamish and his family live in Parkes and will be visiting Broken Hill for the fundraising walk.

“I am a self-declared coffee addict, to support my nephew, I have given up coffee until the walk,” Mia said.

“I am also trying to jog as many kilometres as I can - I will be donating $1 for every kilometre I jog.

“In two weeks, I have tallied 14 lattes and 61km.”

Last year the Lawrence’s held an awareness walk and Mia said it was well supported.

“It did have to be post-poned due to rain but we still had over 80 people attend the walk and were able to raise $6,500.”

The money raised went to the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia, a non profit organisation that provides support for families and promotes research to find a cure for NF.

A child with NF is born every three days in Australia, and there are few treatment options and no cure.

Mia said this year’s walk is open to everyone.

“The walk caters for all ages and ability levels, people are welcome to walk, jog or ride.

“The road is a dirt road, but in good condition - it is pram, wheelchair and push bike friendly.

“The walk can be as long as you like or you could take a more scenic walk through the sandy creek.”

The Nine Mile Station turnoff is 15km from Broken Hill, before Stephens Creek, on the Silver City Highway (Tibooburra Road).

“The walk will be held on Monday, June 9 and will start just passed the homestead at 9.30am. There will be toilets and bush parking available.”

The garage sale will be held in the creek, also starting at 9.30am.

If you would like more information contact Mia or Greg on (08) 8088 5304 or 0448 201 979.

For more information about NF visit www.ctf.org.au.

To donate visit https://nfwalk.everydayhero.com/au/broken-hill-step-up-and-step-out-for-nf.

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