May 07, 2021
Published on Tuesday 4 May, 2021
Both massive fans of the Sci Fi franchise, the pair have been together since William became Anthony’s primary Support Worker eighteen months ago. Spending time with Anthony and William is always fun, as William plays the straight man to Anthony’s wicked sense of humour and well-timed one-liners.
Recently the pair attended the Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy ‘We See your Dream’ open day. Lifestyle Solutions is a long running partner with the academy, in part to create opportunities for people in the community such as Anthony. Many of the people we support have a deep interest in science fiction, super-heroes, and cosplay. Our relationship with Sons of Obiwan helps make the long-standing dreams of our participants come true through events and outings such as the open day.
The saber training and twirling, based on traditional long sword techniques, is also proven to have a positive effect on both mental health and physical coordination. Lifestyle Solutions is proud to have helped the academy have light saber training approved as an NDIS activity.
Anthony and William spent the morning meeting Star Wars and other fictional characters, collecting signed autographs from actor Stephen Hunter, who played the Dwarf Bombur in The Hobbit, and being trained in light saber arts.
Anthony said it was the first time he had ever been to such event.
“I’ve never been anywhere like this. I had a really good time. My favourite thing was meeting the bounty hunter. He’s my favourite.”
William said it was a great way to spend time with Anthony, meet new people and gain some new skills.
“This was really cool. We do all sort of fun things together but never anything like this. It was fantastic. I think Anthony would make an excellent Jedi.”
Several other people we support attended the day with their Support Workers and got to see their favourite characters up close and personal for the very first time.
This May the 4th, may the force be with you.
You can see some of Anthony and William’s day, and experience Anthony’s humour, in the film below.