A SOUTHPORT teenager wants to embark on a four-week expedition to Borneo to support local communities to “show that being autistic isn’t a barrier to helping others.”
Abigail Cowie, 13, plans to travel in 2024 to carry out community development work, environmental projects and wildlife conservation.
One of the reasons why the Formby High School pupil wants to take on the challenge is to prove to other youngsters who have autism that they can achieve their goals.
Abigail said: “This expedition is extremely important to me because I want to show that being autistic isn’t a barrier to helping others and that I am just as capable as anyone else of anything I set my mind to.
“I felt for a long time that I didn’t fit into this world. I had struggled really, really badly with anxiety, depression and self harm. I was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) when I was ten years old.
“You get diagnosed then you and your family are left to figure it all out. My mum fought to get me help and support, also help for me to understand what it meant to me being autistic as I really struggled with that.
“I have had to overcome many battles from teachers not understanding and being bullied, with the support of my family and the move to Formby High and learning more about autism, I know I have so much to give and I can make an impact on the world.
“I am autistic, it’s a part of what makes me Abigail, but i am so much more than that.”
Abigail needs to fundraise £4,000 in order to take part in the trip. She has organised a fundraising Comedy Bingo night on June 3 at The Ainsdale Club, on Liverpool Road. Tickets cost £10. For tickets, email email@example.com or call 07400 324 675.
To donate to Abigail’s cause, visit the website: https://gofund.me/2fe304f4