Noel Cacciattolo (age) might have lost a leg due to an unlucky draw of the straw, but thanks to undeterred determination, intense physiotherapy and a will to live that’s beyond believe, not only has he been able to walk again, but is now also taking part in what some would think are impossible challenges.
Even after having to undergo another operation just a few week’s ago, and after spending yet another month in a rehabilitation centre, last Saturday Noel took part in the Happy Day walk in aid of Inspire. “Completing a 5km route is just the start,” he explains. “My next challenge is to complete The Malta Half Marathon in March 2017. It will take months of training, but I’m determined to do it and to raise funds for Inspire, because they have truly been there for me all the way. I train at the Inspire Fitness Centre and I couldn’t be more grateful for the facilities, the staff and the knowledge that the foundation offers.”
The Inspire Foundation sponsors Noel’s Fitness Centre membership as it does with many other people with various disabilities.
You can support Noel by joining Team Noel when applying to walk or run the Malta Half Marathon. Whilst doing so you can donate in aid of the cause thus helping Noel raise funds for his cause. Apply for the Malta Half Marathon via www.maltamarathon.com. If you can’t walk or run you can still support Noel by donating towards Team Noel on www.inspire.org.mt.
You can choose to donate whatever amount you can afford, but one thing is for sure – every cent you donate will make your miles count more. Every cent you donate to The Inspire Foundation will go towards helping more children, adults and families who are struggling with some kind of disability – people who like Noel, find support and help from Inspire, to achieve their full potential.
Inspire believes that everyone has a right to equality and inclusion. Our mission is to try to help everyone with a disability achieve this. We do this by providing individuals and their families with educational, therapeutic and leisure services. We also advocate for inclusion, educate the general public, raise awareness among peers, and hold the best knowledge base on disability on the island.
Today, Inspire helps over 1000 individuals with various disabilities ranging from Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and others. We do this through many services and disability programmes that are offered at a highly subsidised rate or sometimes even for free.