In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation partnered with Sue Vittori, a former staff member at the Port Arthur Historic Site, to create the 2016 Cambodia Challenge to help keep kids safe.
Sue, Alannah & Madeline Foundation founder Walter Mikac, and a range of others including AFL legend Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico trekked and cycled 250 kilometers across Cambodia, aiming to raise a total of $100,000 to support the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's mission to ensure Australian children live, learn and play in safe and supportive environments.
The 7 day challenge commenced in November with a three day trek through the Cambodian jungle, followed by cycling, for a physically demanding yet rewarding journey for the proud team of 13 who represented the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
Walter Mikac described the trip as enjoyable, challenging and poignant. He added that he was always amazed at how so many people still made such fantastic contributions – both financially and physically – to the Foundation, named in honour of his daughters.
It was tough work physically but the experience was so fulfilling,” Mr Mikac said. “The Cambodian people were so warm and welcoming and helped us create such beautiful memories.”
The 13 Cambodia trekkers raised almost $90,000 for the Foundation to keep kids safe and happy!
Here is a little bit more about a few of the wonderful people who took part in the 2016 Cambodia Challenge.
Tulin Kemal participated in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's 2016 Cambodia Challenge, to raise money for the foundations plight to keep children in safe environments, and honour her friends and Port Arthur tragedy victims Nanette Mikac and her daughters Alannah and Madeline, alongside founder, husband of Nanette and father of Alannah and Madeline, Walter Mikac. A mother of three, Tulin has thought often of Alannah and Madeline in watching her owns sons and daughter grow into wonderful adults, and has always been a supporter of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation's work towards making sure children are in environments which support them and are free from violence.
See how much Tulin raised for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s 2016 Cambodia Challenge at everydayhero.
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