18th October 2017
Feature: Walking the talk on the Great Wall — Australian schoolgirl with cerebral palsy shows willpower in China
Editor: Lu Hui
by Xinhua writer Xiong Maoling
Once built to keep invaders out, the Great Wall, one of China’s best-known faces, has now become a platform to bring people together. For Taylor Walker-Lear, an 11-year-old Australian schoolgirl, it is a magic ladder which carried her closer to her dream.
Taylor was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects movement and co-ordination. But her indomitable will-power has sent her on missions to create public awareness about the disorder and raise funds for people living with it.
In March 2016, she summited Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia at 2,229 metres above sea level. When her mother Toni asked her what her next goal was, she answered: “Mount Everest might be a little too hard right now, but maybe the Great Wall.”
On 6th June this year, her wish came true. With her walking aid, the support of her parents and sponsor, and accompanied by a group of primary school volunteers from Beijing, Taylor realized her dream in China by climbing the stretch of the Great Wall known as Mutianyu despite rain and an ensuing chill.