Biography supports children’s programs

Claudio Panté has written a book about growing up with a disability and the book’s proceeds will go to helping Colac children with disabilities.

Claudio Panté says he wants Colac children with disabilities to have better support than he had as a child.

The Geelong man will donate the proceeds of his autobiography to a foundation which helps Colac children who have cerebral palsy.

Mr Panté has cerebral palsy and has written an autobiography about growing up with the disability.

The 47-year-old, whose wife Julie Lettieri is originally from Warncoort, said the soon-to-be published book was a testament to what he had achieved.

Mr Panté said the book explained how he overcame discrimination to take on an active role in his community.

Mr Panté spent more than four years fundraising for community projects, including $18,000 for his former school.

He works in the produce garden of Pettavel Winery and Restaurant near Geelong and maintains the grounds at Geelong City Motors.

The proceeds of his book, called Claudio Panté – A Life, will go to Barwon south-west’s Kids Plus Foundation.

The foundation’s executive officer Sarah Oliff said she was “overwhelmed” that Mr Panté had chosen to donate his profits to the organisation.

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