Aidan’s story – Recipient of the Alistair McEwin scholarship

Aidan’s story – Recipient of the Alistair McEwin scholarship


In my life I’ve had four open-heart
surgeries in four closed-heart surgeries. Most of that’s been to repair valve issues
and I’ve had a pacemaker since I was three. The Alistair McEwin scholarship to me
means I’m able to keep up with my studies. And it’s made a huge difference to my studies. I’m able to afford the programs and the
computers that I need for being able to keep up with university studies. Yeah, that’s so important to be able to excel. I am a student with a disability and I will be a teacher with a disability. It’s again, a lot of people have that fear and that idea that people with disability aren’t as good as an able-bodied person
at being able to do things. So the scholarship has helped me a lot.
I’ve been able to train my assistance dog, Dusty. One of the things that makes Dusty very
special as an assistance dog, is that a lot of the time assistance dogs
use only Labradors or Golden Retrievers. Well, after years of trying to find the right breed, we actually settled on getting a Sheltie
and then we rang up a breeder and they said “we’ve got Dusty if you want
to try him and see how he goes.” I’ve always enjoyed watching golf on TV and it has always been something I wanted to do. Having a heart condition I needed a
non-contact sport to play. Lots of golf pros said “how can you play
golf with only one arm?” Being able to play in New Zealand, last
October, was a real achievement of mine. Being able to represent Australia in golf at
such a high level means a lot to me. I’d like to say a big thank you to my donor. The money from the scholarship has really helped me continue my university studies and achieve my goal. What they do is so invaluable and it’s
important to me to get the message out that they’re doing a great job. Thank you Thank you Thank you

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