Mackenzie gets a feel for Australia Zoo
IT WAS no normal day at the zoo on Tuesday for Tanya Savva and her seven-year-old daughter Mackenzie.
Mackenzie was born blind, so when Vision Australia planned a trip to Australia Zoo for her and some other children with vision impairments they were treated to a sensory experience where they touched and felt a variety of different animals.
"It was great," Tanya said.
"They had the opportunity to meet a koala, an echidna and a snake. It was so good because the kids don't have any concept of what a koala looks like because they can't see so they were able to touch instead.
"The kids really loved it and so did the adults."
The day at Australia Zoo is just one of the many stops planned for Mackenzie and Tanya as they travel around Australia in a campervan.
"My daughter is completely blind so we're doing a trip around Australia to support her and help her overcome challenges and meet other kids with blindness," she said.
Tanya said she got the inspiration to complete the mammoth road trip after she met a husband and wife duo who had just finished the same thing.
"They decided the nine to five grind was not for them and chose to travel around the country," she said.
"It sounded like a great idea and we had just moved into a much bigger house where Mackenzie kept getting lost and I started to think there was so much I needed to do with her but didn't have the time to do it because of school and work.
"The move made me think that a big chunk of support was missing for her and I was the only person who could help so we left Sydney on the ninth of May and will be on the road for about six months and I'll have that 24 hour time with her to help make her stronger and help her do things."
Tanya said the trip had also been a great opportunity to meet other parents and kids going through the same challenges as she and Mackenzie.
"Connecting with other parents and other families we've met through my blog and Facebook wherever we are has been awesome."
Tanya said she wasn't sure whether when the roadtrip finished she'd go back to work and Mackenzie back to school, she said she was just taking it one day at a time.
"We're pretty happy just living in the moment and seein where the journey takes us," she said.
To follow Tanya and Mackenzie's journey visit www.theroadunseen.com.au or search The Road Unseen on Facebook.
To donate to their trip visit https://www.gofundme.com/theroadunseen.