Elody Fumi & Matt Griffin

Disabled Children Go Skiing Thanks to
Matt & Elody

mattAt the start of February this year (2012) my friend, Elody, and I were lucky enough to travel to Italy as part of a volunteer team working on behalf of Katie’s Ski Tracks. Katie’s is a fantastic charity which aims to give children with disabilities and life threatening illnesses a skiing holiday of a life time. Every year (funding allowing) Katie’s takes a group of 20 kids, along with a team of around 30 volunteers, on a week-long skiing holiday in the Italian Alps. The team is made up of a fully qualified medical team, along with a physiotherapist, a team of ski guides who work with the kids on the slopes and a team of all-purpose volunteers responsible for making sure all the brilliant après-ski activities are as much fun as possible.

Elody and I went along as first time ski guides with no idea what to expect. I’m pleased to say we both had an absolutely fantastic time coaching a really great group of kids. The sense of achievement at the end of the holiday is hard to describe, not just for the kids, who all overcame so much during the week, but also for the volunteers. You really feel as though you’ve been part of something which has had a hugely positive impact on the lives of these children. It’s definitely changed my outlook on disabilities and has really motivated me to get involved with fund raising for next year’s trip. To this end Elody and I are now planning a charity ski dive to raise money! And most definitely looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Matt Griffith