Greg was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, his parents being told that he would never walk or talk. Despite doctors’ predictions, Greg took his first steps when he was two years old and through therapy, learnt to talk and communicate.
In the latter years of primary school, it was evident that Greg was exceptionally bright. However his slow writing speed held him back in high school, landing him in special education classes. Determined not to let his setback get the better of him, Greg considered other ways to overcome the problem. Greg’s family looked to Variety for help for a laptop (given that back then laptops were a very costly item and beyond the family’s means). After Variety was able to help, there was a no holding him back, he soon learnt to type quicker than most kids could write!
Now 32, Greg is enjoying a successful career in IT and proudly sits on the board for NSW to help give back to the community. He attributes his achievements to Variety’s donation of a laptop when he was just 13 years old, allowing him to realise his passion and aptitude for IT. He says “I am extremely grateful to Variety, as without the help I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
We’re so proud to have played a role in Greg’s success. In supporting Variety, you can help children like Greg overcome obstacles in life and reach their full potential.
Story and Photo courtesy of Variety of New South Wales
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