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David Robins meets new challenge in Papua New Guinea

05 July 2010

Connect supporter David Robins launches his latest challenging walk for Connect - the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.

Justine who has aphasia with David Robins

Justine, who has aphasia, with David Robins at the Kokoda Trail launch event in the City

A special event at The Broadgate Tower in the City marked the launch of David Robins' latest venture for Connect. In September, he will walk the 96 kilometre Kokoda Trail to raise money for people with aphasia. The walk is not for the faint-hearted. The trek has a fearsome reputation and has claimed the lives of four people in 2009 alone.

The launch event was attended by supporters and well-wishers, many of whom had not heard of aphasia. Justine Everson, who has aphasia, explained to the audience about the challenges of aphasia. She said that the impact of aphasia on her life is greater than all the issues she faces with her physical disability. Justine communicated to the audience using some speech but also gesture in a 'question and answer' presentation.

'I am really excited about my next challenge and have set an ambitious fundraising goal of £30,000' said David, 'I know first-hand the devastating effect aphasia has on people's lives. Please support me to reach my target and help more people with aphasia re-connect with life.'

David begins his walk in September. To support David visit his just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/DavidRobins2010

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David Robins at the launch

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