Casa Services is proud to support the Larapinta Adaptive Traverse, an historic trek by an all-abilities team. It’s believed to be the first all-abilities team to walk the entire 223km length of the Larapinta Trail.
The 10 Tasmanians walked the formidable trail over 17 days in July 2022.
As well as Trail travails like blisters, heat, freezing nights and the odd rodent, several team members had the added challenges of disabilities including cystic fibrosis, stage 4 lung cancer and hemiplegia.
Casa helped to fund the trek and joined with the walkers at the beginning and end.
About 18 Casa participants and staff met with the all-abilities walkers on Day 1 at the start of the trek, and a lunch at Purple House in Alice Springs celebrated the walkers’ achievement at the end.
The team’s epic experience showed that people with disabilities are able – they can go on adventures, chase dreams and hold a job like anyone else.
Team members said they found the trail a lot tougher than expected but they helped each other to get through. This was key to their success.
As veteran adventurer and team member Paul Pritchard said afterwards, the trek was “a microcosm of adaptability – it showed what is possible with support.”
Casa shares this view: that with the right support, people with disabilities are able to achieve and shine, and to participate in every aspect of society. It is a basic human right.
We look forward to seeing the film that is being made about this amazing feat: the struggles, the joy and most of all the courage that fires each step towards your goal, when supported by others.