Jarrod Serwa was a young man on a very determined mission – climb to the top of Australia’s highest point, Mt Kosciuszko, and back down again to raise $20,000 for Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA).
With some financial help from Canterbury League Club who provided a $2,000 donation towards his fundraising goal, Jarrod successfully completed both with flying colours however what made his mission even more special was that Jarrod himself has a mobility disability called Sjorgren Larsson Syndrome.
“It is a genetically inherited disability I was born with. The symptoms are very similar to cerebral palsy –affecting my lower limbs mainly. I use crutches to mobilise short distances and a wheelchair for longer journeys,” said Jarrod, who lives in Illawong and is a keen Bulldogs supporter.
His disability certainly did not stop him from scaling Mt Kosciuszko together with his family and a team of sponsors. They started the 18.4 kilometre walk at 7.10am and crossed the finish line just under six hours later.
“I achieved my goal of reaching the top of Australia and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. It was extra special to share it with my family,” said Jarrod.
“I decided to participate for three reasons: the climb gave me both a personal challenge and an individual goal to work towards achieving; I felt I could raise awareness in the community for those suffering from cerebral palsy and the work that CPA do to assist those with this disability; and thirdly, the climb provided an opportunity for me to raise money for CPA who has helped and supported me greatly throughout my life.”
Since the climb, Jarrod has been inspired to complete more events and will be next taking part in the Sydney Marathon and ‘Steptember’ to raise more awareness for CPA.
Asides from completing marathons, Jarrod regularly plays wheelchair basketball with the Sutherland Sharks Wheelies and is a member of the NSW Junior Basketball Team.