All posts tagged: selfishness

The Antonym of Selfishness

The sunny, smiling face of Jack Duffy being piggy-backed by his equally smiling and sunny-faced father Chris is a wonderful picture of parenthood. I’ve been following his story – maybe you have too. Jack, eight, has cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia and can’t talk or walk. This small detail has not stopped his parents from imagining new adventures that any kid would marvel at. Last year Jack did the Ross Marathon, pushed in a buggy by his mum Erin and Chris. In 2009 they kayaked 600km from Launceston to Hobart along the East Coast, raising $70,000 for St Giles Society. And in April next year Chris will carry Jack in a special backpack along the 65km Overland Track, this time raising funds for Life Without Barriers. Makes me feel exhausted just writing about it! Parenting a child with additional needs must be one of the most difficult gigs, and my hat’s off to every person who has marched that path. You. Are. Legends. When these sorts of stories surface – of parents doing extraordinary things to …