See video of Walk With Me Perth CEO Challenge
Perth proved itself to be a ‘City of Champions’ on the International Day of People With Disability last week at Rocky Bay’s annual CEO Challenge fundraiser – Walk With Me. The event saw 11 of Perth’s top business leaders come together in Government House Gardens to race on Segways through a slalom, water challenge and hot laps, raising disability awareness and over $65,000 for Rocky Bay.
Westpac’s Jay Watson took gold in the Segway Challenge alongside his Rocky Bay ambassador Ryen, whilst Acton Real Estate’s Travis Coleman and ambassador Renae won gold as the Highest Fundraisers and Chris Sutherland of Programmed won for having the Most Walkers.
The real winners were the hundreds of people with disability, supported by Rocky Bay, who came to the event to walk and wheel around the gardens – the 12 ambassadors have spent time with each business raising awareness of the challenges of everyday faced by people living with disability, which in turn opens doors for future employment opportunities.
Walk With Me is a national community event sponsored by Dick Smith and run by Ability First Australia, but Rocky Bay’s CEO Challenge is unique. Rocky Bay was represented in the race by Chairman Graham McHarrie alongside his ambassador Lucy.
11 year old Lucy and her parents Jason and Kristen were Australia’s top Walk With Me fundraisers for the third year running. Lucy welcomed the crowd at Government House Gardens with a speech:
“Without donations, Rocky Bay’s Wishing Tree would not exist. That’s why mum, dad and I have raised over ten thousand dollars this year” said Lucy.
The event raised over $65,000 for Rocky Bay towards our Wishing Tree and Assistive Technology programs.
As well as financial support, Deloitte and Iona school provided volunteers, Rapid Relief Team donated and served food and Segway Tours generously gifted use of their equipment.
Acton CEO Travis Coleman said “We are so proud to be involved for the second year, and to end up as highest fundraisers, but the best thing of all was seeing Renae’s smiling face during the Segway Challenge”.
Thanks so much to everyone who took part, volunteered, raised funds, donated or came along. Especially to the Challengers, Ambassadors and Segway Tours WA without whom we would not have had an event.