Nothing will stop Bobby trying
HE is determined and strives for independence and after an inspiring letter from the Queensland Premier, he has set his sights high.
Shortly after doing a story with the Daily News after he was given his first job in January, 19-year-old Bobby Ward, who has been blind since he was four years old, received a surprising letter in the mail from Anna Bligh.
“I was shocked that someone that high up would actually write a personal letter to me,” Mr Ward told the Daily News yesterday. “It really gave me the confidence to go places. It feels great, makes me really want to go further.”
He has worked in the produce section at Warwick’s IGA for 10 weeks, where he works six days a week and returns home to his new residence with his brother.
“It feels good because it is all working out, everything is all running smoothly,” Mr Ward said. “It’s a good job, there are nice staff here and a clean, happy work environment.”
Working towards independence is something Bobby has always strived for and he is well on track this year.
He encourages those in the same situation to give it a go.
“Just don’t give up, if someone says you can’t do something don’t believe it – just believe in yourself,” he said.
He is unsure about his future goals at the moment but wouldn’t mind working his way up the ladder at IGA or even jumping on a plane to America to gain some new experiences.
He said if he ever met Anna Bligh he would love to say “thanks for taking notice”.
“I would like to thank IGA for giving me a go and having the faith to give me a position,” he said.