Hi, my name is Peter. A number of years ago a family member was diagnosed with Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a condition that causes progressive loss of central vision over time, often resulting in blindness. Although there is no cure for MD, there are treatment options that can slow down its progression. Up to 12% of Australians over 50 show evidence of early Macular Degeneration which can be diagnosed during an eye check.
This shock diagnosis sparked a desire to educate myself about AMD. My desire was to provide some relief and understanding about this unwelcome intruder in our lives. Thanks to the Macular Disease Foundation Australia we were provided with guidance and support on prevention, early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation. My loved one’s eyesight was saved and is currently considered stable.
So what can I do to help a great Australian Foundation help others?
In 2017 I will be training to participate in the ‘Descenso Internacional del Sella’, a 20km kayaking race in Northern Spain held on the first Saturday in August. The aim is to raise money for the MD Foundation, fly the Australian flag internationally, and have fun along the way.
What can you do?
Donate and share the web link with friends and family, your support helps a great Australian Foundation to help others with AMD.
From Spain with love,
Historical stuff I found fascinating....you may too:
Just prior to the 1988 Soul Summer Olympics two Australians (one an Olympian the other a four time Marathon World Champion) participated in one of the oldest kayaking events in the world called the `Descenso Internacional del Sella´. They not only won but set a record time that was to last for twenty years. Their names are Ramon Andersson and John Jacoby.
The Descenso is a 20km furious paddle from the northern Spanish town of Arriondas to the post-card-perfect, beach side town of Ribadesella. Annually held on the first Saturday in August, it has become an ever more popular week long festival celebrating sports, summer, food and history.
At the beginning of the race an Ode is orated and the countries of the participants are announced followed by thousands of excited on-lookers shouting the word "Viva" . The race ends when participants cross under the main bridge over the Sella river in the Asturian town of Ribadesella. The bridges, river banks and towns along the way are lined with flags, placards and fanatical supporters all willing their team and country on to the final bridge.