Dylan Alcott's 24 Hours of Wheelchair Tennis
On Thursday December 11th at 7am, Dylan Alcott will attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous playing of wheelchair tennis, playing for 24 consecutive hours. Dylan is the current world number 2 wheelchair tennis player. and is a former Paralympic and World Champion winning wheelchair basketballer. Dylan is completing the challenge to attempt to raise $100,000 collectively for two charities he holds very close to his heart, The Starlight Foundation and Variety - the Children's Charity, with all proceeds being split between both.
Born with a tumour on his spinal chord, Dylan has been wheelchair bound for nearly his whole life, and endured many ups and down growing up in regards to his health. When Dylan was 10 years old, he spent the first 6 months of the year bed ridden after complications occurred during surgery. Depressed and upset, The Starlight Foundation came to his rescue and granted Dylan and his family a wish to swim with the dolphins at SeaWorld on the Gold Coast, a truly once in a lifetime experience. In 2001, Dylan started playing wheelchair tennis, but his family was unable to afford his own tennis wheelchair in order for him to compete for Australia. Variety - the Children's Charity donated Dylan his first ever sporting wheelchair, and to this day Dylan believes that if it wasn't for that donation, his sporting career would not be where it is today.
DYLAN ALCOTT'S 24 HOURS OF TENNIS
Proudly supported by Acquire Learning, AGL Energy and First National Real Estate
When: Thursday 11th December (7am) - Friday 12th December (7am) (official party for the event starting Thursday evening at 5pm with food, drinks, entertainment, music and tennis!!)
Where: Tennis Australia - Melbourne Park (home of the Australian Open) - Court 24 (new National Tennis Academy side - parking available through ENTRANCE D off Swan st in the Eastern Plaza Carpark)
Who: Dylan will be playing with many sporting stars and celebrities from across Australia, including basketballer Elizabeth Cambage, tennis stars Samantha Stosur and Casey Dellacqua, AFL stars Chris Dawes, Jack Watts and Tom Hawkins amongst others.
(Note: Absolutely anybody can come and have a hit with Dylan on the day, and we strongly encourage it. There will even be spare wheelchairs on site to try wheelchair tennis. If you would like to come down and 'pay to play' against Dylan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details).
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Starlight Children's Foundation of Australia and Variety Victoria - The Children's Charity Split Donation
The Starlight Children’s Foundation transforms the experience of hospitalisation and treatment for seriously ill children and their families - Starlight is the only children’s charity with a permanent, physical presence in every major paediatric hospital in the country.
Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. For thousands of these children what happens next is the diagnosis of a serious or chronic illness that changes their life, and the lives of their families, forever.
This is where Starlight steps in - delivering a range of innovative programs, built on the World Health Organisation’s social model of health, to support the well-being and resilience of these seriously ill children and their families.
Starlight programs are integral to the total care of seriously ill children - while the health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child - giving them the opportunity to laugh and play and be a child again.
For more information on Starlight, visit www.starlight.org.au or call 1300 727 827.
Variety the children's charity in Victoria is dedicated to transforming the lives of children with special needs by providing opportunities to increase their quality of life and fulfil their potential. It achieves this through the provision of equipment, facilities and life experiences and by operating a straightforward and transparent Grants program which draws on the funds raised through our Events, Road Events, Sponsorships and Donations. Some of the ways Variety has achieved these goals has been through the supply of essential items including Sunshine Coaches, Liberty Wheelchair Swings, wheelchairs, walking frames, Second Skin splints, Braille and Dynavox speech machines, to name but a few. By providing our Special Needs Children with the means to improve their quality of life, we can then help to provide them with some of life’s experiences.
- AGL Energy: $20,000.00
- Acquire Learning: $13,500.00