May 22, 2018
Muscular Dystrophy WA (MDWA) is a small organisation trying to making a big impact. They work with hundreds of families, helping them get the best support and services they need and connecting them to others with similar conditions, enabling them to lead full lives.
MDWA has been able to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to their community through the fantastic relationship and support received from Awards WA and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.
Now in its fifth year, the Award Program has gone from strength to strength, giving real opportunities to deserving young people with muscular dystrophy.
Noah Ryan (21) is one of those young people, he has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and has been a member of the MDWA for many years. MDWA encouraged Noah to participate and supported him through his four sections to achieve his Bronze Level Duke of Ed Award.
For his Service section Noah visited a local retirement village, spending time with the residents. For Physical Recreation, Noah started bush walking, giving him the opportunity to explore areas he hadn’t previously.
Noah chose photography as his Skills Section, travelling around Perth to capture landscapes. While working on improving his skills, including editing the photos to a high standard, he discovered a passion for photography and found a great joy for the art.
His Adventurous Journey took him to Margaret River and its surrounds for a weekend. He explored South West beaches, the Boranup Forest, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Mammoth Cave. The journey made Noah step out of his comfort zone and rely on external supports.
“The main point of the weekend away was to get me out of my comfort zone, not having to rely on the support of my family, but instead enjoy time with friends and support workers” Noah said.
While on his journey, Noah captured many beautiful images. This inspired Noah to create his ‘Prints of Peace’ Exhibition, a collection of his landscape photography work, showcasing the skills he has developed, knowledge gained and experiences he has had.
Awards WA Chief Executive Officer Katie Brown attended Noah’s Launch and presented him with his Bronze Award in front of 80 invited guests. Noah’s Exhibition ran for two weeks at the Niche Building where MDWA is situated.
Noah is truly grateful for his experiences thus far “Doing the Award really helped me get out of my comfort zone and gave me a sense of direction at a time in my life when I needed it” he said.
MDWA is extremely proud of Noah, achieving far more what the Award originally set out to do. MDWA and Awards WA are excited to see what is next for Noah.