Two Brisbane mates are taking on one of Australia’s toughest multi-day hikes in an exhausting 72 hours, all in the name of raising money for charity.
Duncan Price and Kade Greenwood of Brisbane are planning their Big Walk, a massive 77km trek which covers extreme terrain at dizzying heights to help Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ) provide equipment and support to people living with cystic fibrosis (CF).
This year the Big Walk will be held February 20 - 23 and the pair intend to raise more than $15 000 by the end of the harrowing 72 hour Big Walk.
The inaugural Big Walk was three years ago and is now an annual event and is in honour of their number one training partner, Duncan’s son Noah Price. Noah is a CF sufferer and a budding adventure hiker.
The former infantrymen intend to summit Federation Peak the most celebrated mountain in Tasmania.
“It’s difficult to appreciate the punishment you put your body through on a trek like this; minimal sleep, constant strain and frankly, no small amount of risk,” said Duncan.
“But our pain is secondary to that which cystic fibrosis sufferers endure. Noah has cystic fibrosis but sets the example of how big your life can be despite the disease,” he said.
Duncan and Kade agree that this challenge is crazy but want to set personal fund-raising challenges that are as daunting as living with CF.
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland CEO, Petrina Fraccaro said that events like this not only raise funds but also crucial awareness for the cause.
“One in 25 people are carriers of this chronic, life-shortening disease,” said Petrina.
“There is no cure for CF and funds raised by community ensure that we continue to provide life extending support and services for our members. The more we learn about the disease itself, the better able we are to assist people to manage the condition,” she said.
The treatment for cystic fibrosis is lifelong, ongoing and relentless. People living with CF can spend the equivalent of four months of full-time work each year receiving treatment, take up to 80 pills a day, undergo tough physiotherapy regimes, hospital admissions several times a year and constantly cope with debilitating lung and gastrointestinal disease.
To find out more about cystic fibrosis and how you can contribute to Kade and Duncan’s Big Walk can contact CFQ 07 3359 8000 or donate directly via http://www.kadeandduncansbigwalk.com.au
Cystic fibrosis facts
When you are living with Cystic Fibrosis, every day matters. The average life expectancy for Australians with Cystic Fibrosis is 37.5 years. There is no cure.
On average, one Australian child is born with cystic fibrosis every week. It is the most common life shortening genetic condition in Australia. Living with a chronic illness from birth is stressful for all involved - physically, financially and emotionally.
The treatment for cystic fibrosis is lifelong, ongoing and relentless. People living with cystic fibrosis can spend the equivalent of four months of full-time work each year receiving treatment, take up to 80 pills a day, undergo tough physiotherapy regimes, hospital admissions several times a year and constantly cope with debilitating lung and gastrointestinal disease.
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CFQ CEO Petrina Fraccaro 07 3359 8000
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ) is the peak community not-for-profit organisation working with and for people with CF right across Queensland, Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Its mission is to assist everyone affected by CF to be well and live fuller lives. It provides information, support and guidance to people living with CF and their families. It advocates for services and systems that support the CF community and seeks to raise awareness, understanding and funds for services and research. Over 80% of CFQ income is from fundraising.