Brisbane-based Cody Skinner will be hitting the streets this March to achieve his ambitious goal to complete 50km in just 10 days, as part of our For Fitness Sake challenge.
Running from 1 – 10 March, For Fitness Sake is raising funds for House with No Steps’ programs that support children living with a disability.
Cody is particularly passionate about the event as he has grown up deaf and lives with autism.
“It’s very important for people with a disability to have access to community programs to overcome barriers. It helps them achieve their dreams be seen just like everyone else,” said Cody.
Cody is a customer of House with No Steps and attends a respite program in Caboolture twice a week. The program has supported his advocacy work in the community.
Cody believes it is important to create awareness around hearing impairments and deafness in the community. He teaches Auslan (sign language) to his community participation group at House with No Steps.
“Living with a disability is a condition, but the word ‘ability’ is overcoming the barriers of this condition to achieve your dreams,” said Cody.
Cody lives an active lifestyle attending the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health gym, House with No Steps respite, writing and art groups and the Richmond Fellowship workshops.
“I am participating in For Fitness Sake as part of my fitness goals for 2018. My aim is to drop 25kg this year and I am currently training for the challenge.”
2018 is going to be a busy year for Cody – he is also writing a book. Titled ‘Empowering Disability into Ability’ it’s about his experiences growing up with autism and deafness. He also touches on his Indigenous background and his sexuality.
People can register for the For Fitness Sake challenge, and support participants like Cody online.