On Sunday 23 April, Emily Madden and Marney Lamb will take on the O’Keefe Rail Trail Marathon.

Emily Madden, 37 and Marney Lamb, 26 both have cerebral palsy and are supported by Scope. They will each participate in the 21.5 kilometre course using all-terrain wheelchairs and assisted by two local volunteers Travis Edwards and Dan O’Bree.

Scope worked closely with the O’Keefe Rail Trail Marathon team and provided advice on accessibility, including implementing accessible bathrooms. As Scope Loddon Mallee Manager Mary Sullivan explained, “everyone has a role to play in creating a more inclusive society and providing opportunities for people with a disability to participate in their community.”

Travis and Dan are both honoured to help make the marathon dreams of Emily and Marney come true. “Being able to participate in the marathon is a huge opportunity for Emily and Marney and something they never thought they’d be able to experience,” said volunteer Dan.

‘To be able to compete in a marathon in a wheelchair is out of this world. It’s definitely a enormous physical challenge for Emily and Marney, but also for Travis and myself in maneuvering the wheelchair through the natural terrain of the trail. There will certainly be a lot of intense emotions from everyone when we all cross the finish line.”

If you would like to support Emily and Marney on the day, the race begins at 7:50am Bendigo Baptist Church, 757 McIvor Highway, Junortoun and finishes at 12:00pm at 26 Herriot Street, Heathcote.

As well as running the marathon and supporting Emily and Marney to do so, Travis and Dan are raising funds for Scope to help enable each person we support to live as empowered and equal citizens. Donate via Everydayhero.