Charity Challenge: Cambodia 2016

Charity Challenge: Cambodia 2016

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!

 

The Team

Here is a little bit more about a few of the wonderful people who took part in the 2016 Cambodia Challenge.

Jake Edwards

Former AFL player and motivational speaker Jake Edwards was proud to take part in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's 2016 Cambodia Challenge, trekking and cycling across Cambodia with others to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy and raise funds and awareness for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, to help keep children safe. Since overcoming his personal battle with depression and addiction and returning to football via the VFL, Jake has founded Outside The Locker Room, a program helping educate and support young footy players in dealing with mental health and the many pressures of being young athletes.
See how much Jake raised for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s 2016 Cambodia Challenge at everydayhero.

Walter Mikac

Founder of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation Walter Mikac joined 20 others in taking part in the 2016 Cambodia Challenge, trekking and cycling 250 kilometers across Cambodia to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy and help to raise money and awareness to support the foundation on its mission to keeping Australian children in safe environments, free from violence.
See how much Walter raised for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s 2016 Cambodia Challenge at everydayhero

Sue Vittori

Sue Vittori, former Media, PR and Marketing Manager at the Port Arthur Historic Site at the time of the Port Arthur tragedy has partnered with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in developing the 2016 Cambodia Challenge, to help raise funds and awareness for the foundations cause, keeping children safe and free from violence.

The Port Arthur tragedy had a profound impact on Sue's life, and in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy, Sue, her partner Dario Vittori and others trekked and cycled 250 kilometers across Cambodia, aiming to raise 100,000 dollars for the foundation.
See how much Sue raised for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s 2016 Cambodia Challenge at everydayhero.

Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico

AFL legend and Former Alannah & Madeline Foundation Ambassador Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico proudly took part in Alannah & Madeline Foundation's 2016 Cambodia Challenge, joining founder Walter Mikac and others to trek and cycle 250 kilometers across Cambodia in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy. The Brownlow medalist and former footy star has proudly represented the foundation for years, touched by founder Walter Mikac's story.
See how much Dipper raised for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s 2016 Cambodia Challenge at everydayhero.

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