Parallel Lifestyle’s Purple Sock Day on December 3 will mark International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) by helping fund disabled entrepreneurs to set up their own business.
People like National Diversity Award winner Sylvia Mac (pictured above) who set up the Love Disfigure Talent Agency, finding opportunities for people with differences and disabilities to work as models, actors and speakers.
Sylvia was just two years old when she suffered third-degree burns across her back, legs and stomach in a life-changing accident at home.
Facing depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, Sylvia spent more than 45 years hiding her scars and feeling ashamed of her body, until one defining moment on holiday abroad when she decided to embrace her body and bared her scars for the world to see.
She went on to make a You Tube video revealing her scars to the world and set-up a support group, Love Disfigure, to help others embrace their bodies and raise vital awareness of visible, hidden and invisible disabilities.
"I wanted to challenge the fashion and television industries in particular to be inclusive of people with disfigurement, scars and conditions and let people know that we can do anything, and nobody can tell us we can’t," said Sylvia.
Determined to do more, 55-year-old Sylvia came out of Covid-19 lockdown with a new idea – to set up Love Disfigure Talent Agency. But she had never run her own business and didn’t have the money to get any business training.
Parallel Lifestyle pointed her to the enterprise support charity, Hatch Enterprise, which provides grants and professional support to kick-start disability owned businesses and help disabled entrepreneurs.
If you would like to take part in Purple Sock Day and raise money to help disabled entrepreneurs set up their own business, you can buy a pair of Parallel’s specially designed BAM Purple Socks. For details go to www.parallellifestyle.com
And watch out for the full story of Sylvia Mac in the edition of Living with Disability out later this month.