Manuel Giuge embarks on a new venture, to make known the rare disease he is suffering from, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, and raise funds to buy sports equipment to donate to various realities dedicated to inclusive sports.
On July 14th, the day of his thirty-third birthday, he will leave for Rome aboard his wheelchair equipped with “Klaxon Klick”, a wheel powered by an electric battery, which can be used with manual wheelchairs.
The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, wanted to greet him and wish him the best: “Venice is close to this initiative – he said – and to the message you bring to Italy and abroad”.
“Things can be done, you just want to really want it – said Giuge, remembering the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities. “This year I wanted to try something new, not a car trip, but with this particular means. My goal is to do it in a minimum of 7 days up to a maximum of 10”.
He will have three batteries with him (each covers about 45 kilometers), which he will charge in the evening during the various stages, and will travel with a support vehicle, led by his father. Giuge will travel on cycle paths, sidewalks, dirt roads, starting from Martellago and touching Venice, the Lido, Pellestrina, Chioggia, and then travel along the Adriatic coast to Rimini.
Shortly before Senigallia, he will then turn inland to face the passage for the Apennines, considered the most arduous part of the enterprise. “I’m aiming to arrive in San Marino in about two and a half days – he specified – I would then move on to Assisi, Foligno and then down to Rome. In short, I will make a ‘San Marco-San Pietro’: it seemed important to me to unite ideally the two squares”.
Manuel will then be back in Rome on 7 August, and on the day he will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican.