Deb Jeffreys 1051 Views

Thanks for inspiring me

Every single time I get on board an SWD yacht I am inspired by skippers, crew, participants, carers, mums, dads and friends. Every single one of them has a story and every single one of them teaches me something when I take the time to sit and listen. 

As an able bodied person, or AB as SWD affectionately call us, you really can't know what it's like to live with a disability. You can only guess.   

You can't know what it's like to lose an arm and have to do absolutely everything one handed. Like typing this story - which would take me at least twice as long. Or if you lost your sight. You can't really know how it would feel not to see your loved ones faces in the morning.  

But what I've discovered over the last year with SWD is that it's OK not to totally understand. Because you can't. And anyway none of the incredible people I have met this year want to be defined by what they can't do or don't have anyway.   

I've discovered that what's important to everyone at SWD is what each and every person CAN do and what they CAN contribute to the team. And over and over again I just feel inspired.   

As part of the marketing and comms team I am in the very lucky position that I regularly spend time with SWD members to get their stories for the website. The strength of the human spirit is what shines through for me.    Take Brett Whitely for example who was out sailing just 3 months after losing his arm and leg in an accident. Most people would still be in a darkened room in the foetal position at this stage, yet Brett forces his mind to stay strong and counts his blessings. And Kristi Foster who is in constant pain yet takes a 20 hour round train trip every weekend to sail with SWD and finds the time and energy to volunteer on our programs.

And there are hundreds and hundreds of unsung heroes in SWD who create change every day by inspiring others and helping them to believe.   

Every single time I get on board an SWD yacht I am inspired by skippers, crew, participants, carers, mums, dads and friends. Every single one of them has a story and every single one of them teaches me something when I take the time to sit and listen.   

Thanks everyone for letting me share your stories, inspiring me and helping me to grow as a person.  

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Deb Jeffreys
I look after SWD's comms and websites - awesome to work with such a fantastic and dedicated team creating…

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