Scope Walk With Me: Photos

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MORE than 150 people took to Lake Weeroona to raise awareness of people with a disability at the weekend. 

Scope's Walk With Me was one of 20 events held across the country, which focused on celebrating inclusion and diversity in the community.

Scope chief executive Jennifer Fitzgerald said the number of people who turned out for the event was the largest since the walk started five years ago.  

"It is really about raising awareness of people with a disability and the lives they lead," she said. 

"They, just like you and I, want to be part of the community.

"They want to be able to participate in education, employment and social events with their friends.

"It's also an important opportunity for us to raise funds to support people with a disability in getting much-needed equipment. Powered wheelchairs, for an example, cost over $30,000.

"The highly-customised (wheelchairs) are really expensive and families often have to fund the gap. 

"That can often mean waiting a long, long time to have mobility, so we try to fund the difference and help get that wheelchair to the person quicker."

Dr Fitzgerald said the walk was Scope's major annual fundraiser. 

She said the slogan, Walk With Me, centered around inclusion. 

"Walk With Me is about walking alongside someone with a disability and really trying to gain an understanding of their life, of their goals, of their aspirations - and sharing," she said.  

"People with a disability are part of the community and that's how it should be."

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