Young HSPer wins Qantas competition for her volunteering work
Proud father Dan, whose daughter Victoria has HSP, submitted the following winning entry in a Qantas mileage competition:
My 24 year old daughter Victoria is disabled. She suffers from Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). Vikki is likely to be in a wheelchair by the age of 30. But this isn’t a sob story. Vikki is passionate about travelling and working with disadvantaged kids. She has visited many places in the past 3 years e.g. as a support worker for special needs children in Queenstown, an Indigenous mentor for ‘at risk’ children in Australia, taught English to a tribe on the Thai/Burmese border and to disabled children in Ubud plus worked in an orphanage in Chang Mai. Vikki’s travel and helping all these wonderful children will inevitably stop if/when she is confined to a wheelchair. A million Qantas Frequent Flyer points means she can travel extensively before this happens and positively affect many young lives.
On hearing that his entry won, Dan said “That is absolutely fantastic, my daughter will be so delighted. She’s a pretty special person and I’m extremely proud of her.”