Alex is an IOE mum with two boys on the autism spectrum, who describes the autism journey as ‘very close to her heart’. She and her family have been a part of the IOE community for a number of years and have been attending the Different Journeys  ASD teen social events since the program’s inception.

‘I walked on behalf of Different Journeys as part of of the April ‘Walk for Autism’ campaign to raise money for Autism Spectrum Australia. The basic requirement was to walk 10,000 steps a day (roughly 6kms) for 8 days. I knew that would not be difficult for me so I upped that target to 15-20kms a day. I happily achieved that target by walking 193kms over the 8 days and raising just over $800 on behalf of Different Journeys – well over my original expectations. My son Thomas and I finished our walk on Sunday by walking from our house in Wantirna to Club Kilsyth (the venue for our monthly meeting) where we had dinner with the Different Journeys ASD support group. A fitting finish to our fundraising efforts.

My boys love going to Different Journeys social group each month and my husband I love going and interacting with the other parents and carers for a relaxed evening. We have been going since the very beginning when there probably were only about 10 teenagers. It has been an overwhelming success and the group now has roughly 100 people attend each month. It is a busy night, but everyone loves it and the night is so much fun for everyone.’   Alex E

If you would like to add to Alex’s fundraising total and support Autism Australia , she is still accepting donations via her fundraising page: