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Trek to support disadvantaged children


A lifechanging trek in Tasmania is set to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children.

Led by Newcastle Citizen of the Year, Michelle Faithfull, the charity trek in Tasmania is set to raise funds to help young people follow their academic, sporting, or artistic dreams.

“The trek is five days in Cradle Mountain in October 2021,” Michelle said.

“It’s a medium intensity fitness level and it is all about teamwork, we don’t leave anyone behind.

“From easy, shorter exploration walks to day-long hikes and a couple of steep climbs up to beautiful lookouts, everyday you’ll face a different challenge.

“Cradle Mountain is one of Australia’s premier trekking destinations.

“Rocky mountain peaks, button-grass moorlands, glacial lakes, waterfalls and dense rainforest are hallmarks of this natural haven.”

Michelle Faithfull during a previous trek at Cradle Mountain.

In the lead-up to the trek, hikers will raise funds for Compass Housing’s Grow A Star program.

Grow A Star is an initiative that helps young people living in community housing across Australia and New Zealand to achieve their goals.

As Compass Housing’s Events and Community Relations Manager, Michelle has seen the program’s benefits firsthand.

She said it had already fostered athletics champions, budding rock musicians, and ambitious tennis players.

Michelle is calling on anyone itching for a holiday to consider coming along.

“It really is lifechanging and I don’t say that lightly,” she said.

“It’s not just the destination, it’s the experience of achieving milestones, personally and as a team.

“You spend time with likeminded people, and you come away with lifelong friendships, [plus] you raise funds for an important cause – it’s an all-round experience.”

For Michelle, this Tasmanian trip will be the sixth fundraising trek she has been on and the third she has led.

Michelle with her trekking group in Spain.

Her first trek, about 10 years ago, raised funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and, since then, she has been hooked.

“I got my passion for these things from that very first trek,” she said.

The travel cost for the five-day trek is $2,750 and there is a $3,000 fundraising requirement per participant.

“We currently have four participants signed up, but we’d love to see a few more on board over the next few months as we need a minimum of eight to make it viable,” Michelle said.

“There is plenty of support available with fundraising, for those who are unsure where to start.

Go to the event’s website to register or for more information.

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