A hot pink wheelchair for Gigi
Like all eight-year-old kids, Gigi likes to pack a lot into her days. When she’s not at school, she loves to play with her little sister, make home-made pizza or visit her grandparents.
Gigi’s main mode of transport is a wheelchair. The little girl was diagnosed with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy at nine months of age. Specialty equipment is all part of life for Gigi.
But like little girls do, Gigi has grown, and her existing wheelchair didn’t suit her needs anymore.
Gigi attends a mainstream school with mobility assistance, making the wheelchair crucial to her daily life.
Her parents recently decided to move closer to Gigi’s school so she can walk there each day with the aid of her wheelchair.
The little girl enjoys that daily walk to school in the sunshine with her Mum and sister.
Gigi’s mother Sally has become an adept carer, and shares this knowledge in a local school, where she works as a teacher’s aide three days a week. The job involves helping other children requiring assistance in the school environment.
It has been immensely rewarding for Sally, who loves being able to share what she’s learned with other children as they progress through the education system.
Roy is proud of Sally’s choice to help other families. “Sally is an incredible mother. Knowing she’s helping other children in schools brings her great joy.”
And he clearly idolises Gigi and her five-year-old sister, Fleur.
In fact, Gigi captured his heart from the moment he laid eyes on her. “When she was born, she reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. She’s such a beautiful little girl, inside and out.”
“She’s quiet and reserved in many ways, and bright as a button. She can read, and her comprehension of the stories she’s reading is really good. I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Roy says.
Gigi loves to play with her toys, enjoys play dates with her friends and particularly enjoys a big bowl of pasta – her Mum’s spaghetti bolognaise tops the list every time.
“She also loves to cook, and enjoys making pizzas with her family, which has become a Friday night tradition,” Roy says.
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