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01 July 2020
Through his job at Horsham Coles, Alex Hill sees people from all walks of life go about their supermarket shopping.
While performing his own duties, he occasionally notices customers who need a little something extra – whether it be help, space or patience.
Mr Hill’s experience of people with autism encouraged him to put some spare time towards a good cause.
Next week, he will cycle 100 kilometres to raise awareness of autism.
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“I used to play footy on Saturdays, so I have a bit of free time,” he said.
“I decided to do Ride for Autism to raise a bit of awareness. There are a lot of other causes that get a lot of publicity, but not so much autism. I don’t actually know anyone personally with autism, but I see it a bit, especially working in the supermarket.
“A lot of people maybe just think that person is a bit odd or a bit funny. Sometimes you offer to help and sometimes they just need a bit of space, or a bit of patience.”
Mr Hill said people on the autism spectrum saw, heard, felt and experienced the world differently.
“I see a few families who struggle with it,” he said.
“The supermarket is a busy place. It can be a bit daunting when it gets busy in there and I just want to raise a bit of awareness.”
Ride for Autism runs from Sunday to July 12 and participants can complete their kilometres in their own time and at their own pace.
The event raises money for Autism Spectrum Australia, Aspect, which works with people of all ages, providing tailored support to help people achieve their goals and fulfil their potential.
Mr Hill set his fundraising target at $100, which he quickly surpassed.
“I decided to do it to raise awareness of autism in our community,” he said.
“I didn’t expect to raise any money, but I have done that so far, which is a bit of a bonus.
“I’ll certainly review my target and aim a bit higher.”
Mr Hill said people could visit rideforautism.org.au and search his name to make a donation.
He said people could visit www.autismspectrum.org.au for more information about autism.
– Sarah Matthews
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