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Talking Point
March 2000
In this issue:
Pat carries the torch
Health management
World CFS Congress

ME/CFS Society People
Jonathon Foote
Jane Gill
Annie Hutson
Lyndal Kelley
Kelly Ratcliff

Pat carries the torch

By Anne Tichborne

If you see a lady of advancing years jogging the streets of Highbury with one arm in the air, it will be Pat Ashton practicing for July 14 when she will take her turn at carrying the Olympic torch. Aged 67, Pat was chosen at random by AMP from among their shareholders. She will wear a special T-shirt and knee-length white shorts when she carries the flame 500 metres “somewhere in Modbury.”

“I think it’s hilarious that they chose a person with CFS who would normally spend only ten hours a week out of bed,” Pat told Talking Point.

Pat will carry a torch weighing one kilogram. “I have to tell them how long it will take me. Two minutes is good, but you are allowed up to five minutes. I went around the block holding one arm up just to see if I could do it. People in cars gave me some very funny looks,” said Pat, who feels that using a wheelchair is still a possibility. After her practice run she said, “I feel like I’ve been run over by a bus.”

Pat will be told six weeks beforehand where in Modbury she will do her lap. Readers wanting to cheer her on can check details in the June Talking Point.

Waving to her grandchildren will be part of the enjoyment for Pat, who says, “It’s great to be recognised at this end of my life.”

Pat is not the only member of our Society to carry the flame. Megan Boundey, who appeared in the Any Dream Will Do concert earlier this year, has also been selected. Interstate torchbearers include Eileen Fitzpatrick and Claire Tonkin from Western Australia, and Geoff Hallman from Newcastle, New South Wales, who says he’ll be running for every one of us.

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