STAYING POSITIVE: Deb Kilby with family and friends last Saturday.
STAYING POSITIVE: Deb Kilby with family and friends last Saturday. Andrew Thorpe

'Every bit helps': Still time to aid Gladstone woman's cause

THERE was no point denying the turnout was a little dispiriting.

Gladstone local Deb Kilby took her first step into activism this month, walking 10,000 steps each day from April 8 to April 15 to raise money for Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia).

The organisation is Australia's largest service provider for people with the disorder and their families.

But as Deb's campaign reached its big finale last Saturday - a fundraiser barbecue in Gladstone's new disability-friendly Lions Park - it was only her family and a few close friends that had turned out to help.

A fundraising goal of $700 was also looking unlikely to be met, with her marathon effort so far only managing to elicit $172 in donations from the community.

Deb, whose son Kade has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism, said it was dispiriting, but she was determined not to let the turnout deter her from helping the cause in the future.

"There's still an opportunity there for people to support the cause and donate," she said.

"Every little bit helps."

 

LOVING CARE: Deb Kilby wants her son Kade to have the same opportunities his classmates have access to.
LOVING CARE: Deb Kilby wants her son Kade to have the same opportunities his classmates have access to. Mike Richards GLA090418WALK

Deb said her 10,000-step challenge had at least been good for her health.

"I've been everywhere, whether it's walking along Canoe Point or down to the main beach at Tannum," she said.

"10,000 works out to be quite a bit when you do it every day."

She managed to hit her target every day except last Friday - but she had a good excuse.

 

NOT STEPPING BACK: Deborah Kilby takes one of the thousands of steps she has taken towards improving the lives of those with autism.
NOT STEPPING BACK: Deborah Kilby takes one of the thousands of steps she has taken towards improving the lives of those with autism. Mike Richards GLA090418WLKN

"My pedometer was playing up, it kept resetting back down to zero," she said.

"That makes it pretty hard!

"By the time I added it all up it would have been around the 9000 mark."

To donate to Deb's Walk for Autism fundraiser, click here.



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