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                                        to Jack Wason on                  A TRIBUTE TO
                                        receiving his Duke
                                        of Edinburgh’s
                                        Bronze Award!                     Marc WhyTe
                                        18-year-old Jack
                                        lives in Kikoira,
                                        548 kilometres                                        7/8/1981 - 23/8/2019
                                        from Sydney
                                        in the remote
                                        Central West of                                      Marc was a highly
                 Jack with his Bronze Award!  NSW.                                           respected and
                                                                                             successful participant
              Jack completed a personal training routine                                     of the MDNSW
              for his Physical Recreation goal, and                                          Working Wheels
              studied photography for his Skills section.                                    employment
              he volunteered at his local football club                                      program.
              recording and maintaining the club’s records
              for the Voluntary Service component.  For his                                  it   soon    became
              Adventurous Journey, Jack made the trip to                                     apparent to all of
              Sydney and explored various iT companies to                                    us who knew Marc
              research future employment prospects.                      Marc and his mate Leo  Wheels,  that  he
              Jack can be rightly proud of this great               was a reflective kind of person.  He cited Stephen
              achievement!                                          hawking as one of his heroes, and he loved to share
                                                                    his remarkable knowledge of all things tech and
                                                                    computer related.  he impressed the group with his
                                                                    wisdom, humour, maturity and drive to change his
            DUke oF eDiNBURgh’S                                     life for the better.

            golD AWARD                                              As a result of the program, Marc enrolled in a lifeline
                                                                    telephone counselling course.  he was determined
            CELEBRATION                                             to  follow  this  new  direction  and  was  not  put  off
                                                                    when he found that his nearest Lifeline office was
            FOR RICHARD LY                                          upstairs and totally inaccessible.  ‘how ironic,’ i heard
                                                                    him say, ‘but this is NoT going to stop me!’  Marc’s
         We would like to sincerely thank the Duke of Edinburgh’s   newly gained sense of confidence was prolific.
         Award team for going above and beyond at the recent        After some research, Marc found that  lifeline’s
         60th  Anniversary  Celebration  on  13  September,  when   Campbelltown office was accessible, and he started
         Richard Ly was posthumously awarded his Gold Award         work there as a volunteer counsellor twice a week.
         in a private ceremony, held with Prince Edward, Earl of    After four years of solid service and impressing
         Wessex, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC.                                 everyone with  his deep ability to listen and
         Richard’s family shared a special moment with the  earl,   empathise, Marc had recently moved from his role
         along with Sydney’s  lord Mayor Clover Moore, and the      as a volunteer counsellor to doing some paid shifts.
         hon  gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, as    he loved his time there, and credited MDNSW for
         the award was presented and Richard’s hard work and        supporting  him  to  get  out  of  his  bedroom,  make
         incredible achievement was acknowledged.                   massive changes in his life, and to head in a totally
                                                                    new direction.
         At the 60th Anniversary  gala Dinner held that evening,
         MDNSW  general Manager, Charlotte Sangster, had the        Marc was a determined man with a fabulous sense of
         unique opportunity to dine with the earl and speak with    humour and an endless supply of clever one-liners.
         him about the Award’s positive impact on young people      he wanted to use his talents to make a difference
         with disability.  She let him know about the work MDNSW    for others, and he certainly found a way to do that
         does to support people to reach their potential, just like   through his work at lifeline.
         Richard.                                                   Marc passed away in hospital this August.  he was
         it was an unforgettable day, and we thank the Duke of      farewelled by his family and friends at a service
         edinburgh’s  Award  for its  ongoing commitment as we      at Pinegrove on 4 September 2019.  All our love,
         continue to encourage as many young people with muscular   support and best wishes are with Chris (Marc’s
         dystrophy to participate in this rewarding program.        mum) and his family and friends.
         If you’d like to find out more about how MDNSW can help    Carolyn Campbell-McLean,
         you to get started on your Duke of  edinburgh Award        Working Wheels training supervisor and mentor
         journey, please contact Mitch Taylor at: or on 0458 026 532

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