Gosford born professional surfer Rebecca Woods has gotten on board the 2014 Chatterbox Challenge as an ambassador.
An initiative of five charities; Multicap, Endeavour Foundation, Cerebral Palsy League, Life Without Barriers and Centacare, the Chatterbox Challenge asks participants to pick any day during Silent September to remain absolutely silent for either a minute, an hour, or the whole day.
Chatterboxes can choose to offer a donation of their own if they slip up and speak, and friends and workmates can even sponsor a slip-up if they really want a participant to talk.
Once registered, participants will receive their own webpage where people can make donations, track their progress and leave messages.
Participants can also host events such as a silent disco, party or walk, challenge their friends, family or colleagues to go silent, or simply donate directly to the Chatterbox Challenge silent cause, while also encouraging donations from the public.
Multicap CEO and Chatterbox Challenge spokesperson Ms Joanne Jessop said the Chatterbox Challenge was not just about raising much needed funds, it was also about awareness.
“We are encouraging all Australians to take part in the Chatterbox Challenge, or to challenge someone else and support people living with a disability.
“Not only will you help raise funds, but you will experience, in some small way, what it’s like to live with a disability by not having a voice.”
The former 2004 World Junior Champion and competitor in the elite woman’s Professional World Tour, Rebecca Woods, who hails from the Central Coast, has not only stepped up as an ambassador, but has also pledged to go silent for three hours on Thursday, September 18, – her sister’s birthday.
Woods said the Chatterbox Challenge was a cause particularly close to her heart, as her sister has Down syndrome.
“I am really passionate about supporting charities that assist people with disabilities as I know firsthand the struggles these people and their families face every day,” said Woods.
“I’ve decided to do three hours which will be a challenge!
“No matter how long you can do, it will help make a difference.
“The Chatterbox Challenge is a fun way we can all get on board and help make a difference to people with disabilities in our community.
13 Aug 2014
Jarrod Meakins, Ruby