To Africa With Autism

Melanie Cowpland and her nine-year-old daughter Sofia, from Liphook, are planning a trip from East London (UK) to East London (South Africa) – on a motorbike with a sidecar. They will be raising money for the Adventure Autism Foundation, a charity they have set up to provide unique opportunities for children and adults with autism.

Sofia was diagnosed with autism when she was four, so this will be an epic journey full of challenges and courage. The pair plan to start their adventure in December and expect to take 9 months to cross Europe then Africa from north to south.

Melanie, who is an experienced traveller, artist, author and spiritual coach, said: “I’ve always been an advocate for autism, in particular awareness of girls with autism, and I hope our journey will raise much-needed awareness of the need to grow and develop children with autism on a personal level so that they can realise their amazing potential.

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