Fund-raiser held to help Northcott ambassador

A worthy cause: The members of Smithfield's CrossFit EC are helping Louisa Silva (centre) raise funds for her Walk With Me Western Sydney event.

A worthy cause: The members of Smithfield's CrossFit EC are helping Louisa Silva (centre) raise funds for her Walk With Me Western Sydney event.

BOSSLEY Park mum Louisa Silva knew she had a big job ahead of her when she was recently named the client ambassador for disability service provider Northcott.

She was assigned her first project last week: organising a fund-raiser for Walk With Me Western Sydney.

Ms Silva, a member of Smithfield's CrossFit EC, had her gym launch a donation night last Tuesday.

Members were asked to pledge funds towards the cause.

The single mother said she was thrilled the gym agreed to hold the week-long fund-raiser.

"The community spirit is what I loved most . . . all getting together for a worthy cause," she said.

"I'm so glad people wanted to take part in support of me and my daughter, and others with disabilities."

Gym owner Trevor De Souza said he was happy to help.

"We're hoping to raise as much as we can so we decided that all funds made from selling water at the gym would contribute towards the donations," he said.

"We hold hourly classes at the gym, so after each session we reminded people to make a donation."

Mr De Souza said he was keen to jump on board and help Ms Silva because of everything she has been through with her daughter.

Her three-year-old daughter Mia was born with rare conditions that have required a great deal of attention since she drew her first breath.

"Mia was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary hypertension, subglottic stenosis and left vocal cord palsy," Ms Silva said.

"At eight months of age she got a tracheostomy, which involved surgeons cutting a hole in her windpipe and putting a tube in to help her breathe.

"Earlier this year she also had major surgery to reconstruct her airways."

To help, visit Smithfield's Crossfit EC, 2/747 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield, or call 9756 4622.

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