ELEVEN years ago Steve Rogers was the victim of a hit and run which left him with a severe brain injury.
His life has changed dramatically since then and he says he is ‘grateful to be alive’.
Steve now works as a volunteer twice a week for local charity, Solihull Life Opportunities, which provides outings, life skills and social interaction for people with learning difficulties and autism.
This work has given his life purpose and meaning and now he is ready for an even bigger challenge.
Later this year he will be going out to Namibia with the Silverlining Charity to carry out project work for a remote, rural school in an area bordering the Namib Desert.
Amongst other things, they will be helping the school with maintenance work, decorating and helping to teach the school children.
Apart from the benefits to the school, the work they will be doing is designed to push and stretch each volunteer individually.
The Silverlining is a charity that helps people with an acquired brain injury to undertake various activities in support of charitable causes.
This aids the development of the people affected by brain injury and benefits the charities which they support.
In order to go out to Namibia, Steve has a lot of fundraising to do and one of the many events he’s planning for this year is to take part in the Knowle Fun Run again in May.
Last year he managed to complete it in 1 hour and 57 minutes and this year he hopes to do better.
“We are delighted to support Steve in his fundraising endeavours,” said Knowle and Dorridge Lion and Fun Run organiser Richard Buckley.
“As last year we shall enable Steve and his Mum to start the walk ahead of the runners so that he may complete the five-mile teo-lap run in time to finish with the runners.
“This is what the Knowle Fun Run is all about encouraging runners to raise funds for their special cause or charity, or just taking part and helping the Lions raise funds for their 3 nominated and local causes.”
If you would like to help the rural school in Namibia as well as supporting Steve and others in the Silverlining Charity affected by brain injury you can do so at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenRogersB93.
Runners are reminded to get their entries in online at www.knowlefunrun.org.uk now.