By Vanessa Papas
Beautiful. Nurturing. Compassionate. Ambition. Powerful. Women across the world are rising stronger than ever before. We have today a far cry from simply being ‘a man’s world’. In celebration of National Women’s Day on 9 August, we take a look at some amazing women who, despite their disabilities, have risen beyond imagination and become a force to be reckoned with.
Kerry Walsh is midway through her degree in Corporate Communications. She’s already taken her gap year: a year she filled with being a PA, directing and producing a school musical, going on a motivational speaking tour (during which she addressed the full Joburg Mini City Council); and working a stint at a social media marketing business. Right now, whilst preparing for her mid-year exams, she’s single-handedly organising a 22-team, four ball golf day, the proceeds of which will go charity. She spends her holidays and weekends earning pocket-money through her own small, but thriving, social media marketing business. All this on its own is pretty impressive. But throw in the fact that Kerry has spinal muscular atrophy and has been in a wheelchair for most of her 20 years, and it’s absolutely apparent that Kerry Walsh is one remarkable young woman!
She epitomises the 2018 Casual Day theme: Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities. But Kerry, absolutely true to her modest nature, does not think of herself as heroic. “It’s just hard work, that’s all,” she says. “You don’t need to be a genius or a millionaire to live the life you want. You just need determination to work hard. I don’t give up. I go for it and I get things done.”